Anchorage Dentist for Snoring

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Should I be concerned that I snore?

When the tissues in your mouth, tongue, or throat relax too much, your airway becomes blocked. These tissues vibrate as air passes through them, causing that characteristic snoring sound. This noise gets louder as your airway narrows.

Snoring is very common — about 50% of adults snore frequently. That doesn’t mean that it’s completely harmless, though. In some cases, frequent snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea. This condition increases the risk of developing a heart attack and serious health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.

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Is “snoring” the same as “sleep apnea”?

We all snore sometimes. Although occasional snoring doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong, frequent loud snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea. Research shows that about 1 in 2 snorers suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This means that if you snore loudly and repeatedly, there’s a high chance you have sleep apnea.

If you think this could be you, don’t worry. Dr. Jensen can assess your mouth and find out if you suffer from sleep apnea. If you do, he will guide you and provide you with recommendations to help you take the best care of your health.

How can I prevent snoring?

Although the right treatment for snoring depends on the root cause, there are different things that you can do to prevent it. These may lower your risk of developing sleep apnea, too:

 

  • Don’t drink any alcohol before going to bed
  • Avoid smoking
  • Exercise and keep a healthy diet
  • Sleep on your side — avoid sleeping on your back
  • Keep your body hydrated
  • Raise your pillow
  • Avoid taking sedative medications before going to bed
  • Use a humidifier
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Signs of snoring in your mouth

How does snoring affect your mouth? When your airway becomes blocked and you snore, your brain sends signals to your mouth to grind your teeth forward, in order to open the airway and tense those relaxed tissues.

If you snore, Dr. Jensen may note some signs of teeth grinding (bruxism) in your mouth, like:

 

  • Damaged enamel
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Swollen gums

Symptoms of sleep apnea

Patients with OSA experience periods of loud snoring followed by moments of quietness, when their breathing slows or ceases completely. This causes them to wake up several times throughout the night. Other symptoms of OSA include:

 

  • Drowsiness during the day and difficulty to focus
  • Intense headaches
  • Waking up with a sore throat

Other causes of snoring

Snoring might have other causes besides sleep apnea. These include:

  • Sleeping on your back
  • Nasal congestion
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Pregnancy
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight
  • Anatomical factors

Do I need insurance to see a dentist about snoring?

At Chugach Dental, we accept most insurances. If you do not have dental insurance, that’s okay. We offer different payment and financing options to keep your body and mouth healthy, such as CareCredit or our Healthy Smile Club (starting at $47.62/month, $44.47 for kids 12 and under).

No insurance? No problem.

With our financing options like CareCredit or our Healthy Smile Club (starting at $47.62/month, $44.47 for kids 12 and under), there are affordable ways to invest in your health even if you don’t have dental insurance.

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Can I schedule a dentist appointment today?

At Chugach Dental, we offer same-day emergency appointments to help you find comfort as soon as possible. Call (907) 868-3000 to schedule or just stop by our office.

Anchorage Dentist Office

Address: 9138 Arlon St. Ste. B3, Anchorage, AK 99507

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8AM - 4PM

Phone: (907) 868-3000

Email: info@chugachdental.com

Find us near Abbott Road and Lake Otis Parkway in Anchorage.

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