Snoring is a pretty common concern among individuals of all age groups. It is caused due to the resonance in the windpipe or airway during inhaling and exhaling while asleep. Snoring can lead to a few health issues related to a person’s overall well-being. Also, it can be quite annoying to the person’s bedmate as the noise can keep them awake and deny them their quality sleep.
What issues can snoring cause?
- Persistent snoring can lead to a sore throat. The tissues in the throat tend to become tender after snoring for a long duration, giving rise to an uncomfortable feeling.
- Patients who snore excessively may often experience early morning headaches. Over time, it can advance to become a migraine.
- Patients may experience tongue swallowing in certain severe cases of snoring.
- Sleep apnea is a common issue with patients who snore a lot. During this, patients face a lack of breath due to the collapse of tissues from the roof of the throat. This can result in the patient waking up feeling traumatized.
- Bruxism or grinding of teeth is seen among heavy snorers.
How can snoring be treated?
Snoring is a common issue among patients who suffer from obesity. When a person is overweight, the airway could get partially blocked due to cholesterol getting accumulated near the opening. This makes normal breathing quite difficult and the patient often snores while sleeping. Patients with snoring issues can reduce its severity by losing weight. This creates a wider opening for the flow of air in and out of the lungs.
When it comes to professional treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, we can suggest a few oral appliances to help you. A mandibular advancement device can be used to widen the opening of the airway. It prevents the roof of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway. A CPAP device is a much advanced one which maintains a positive pressure in the airway. It consists of a comfortably fitting mask that will be worn on the mouth and nose. It will be connected to a pressurized cylinder which supplies oxygen to the lungs during sleep. Both these devices are known to be highly effective in reducing snoring and sleep apnea.
Call us at (813) 661-1600 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Perez and we’ll be able to guide you further.