Are you unhappy with your snoring or the snoring of your partner? It’s important to understand that snoring is more than just a sound you make while you’re asleep–it’s a serious disruption in your breathing. When you’re awake with a snorer, it might seem like the snorer is sleeping peacefully, but they are really struggling to breathe–that’s what causes the sound. And snoring can damage the blood vessels, leading to hardened arteries and increased stroke risk.
If snoring is disrupting the sleep of one or more people at your house, we can help. We offer snoring treatments that are customized to your anatomy so they can give you optimal results. To learn whether you can benefit from our snoring treatments in Edgewater, NJ, please call (201) 943-6644 today for an appointment with a sleep dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Edgewater.
What Causes Snoring
Snoring occurs when your airways narrow at night. When the airway is narrow, airflow through it grows turbulent. This creates vibrations that cause sound.
This can happen anywhere in the airway, from the nostrils to the throat. Sometimes, anatomical problems in the nostrils are to blame, but usually snoring in the nose is caused by congestion and allergies. More serious is when snoring occurs in the throat.
During the day, the throat is held open by gravity and active muscles. But at night, when you lie down to sleep, gravity pulls the throat closed, and your muscles relax, the tissue of your throat is mostly held open by your jawbone, the only support that’s actually attached to your skeleton.
There are many things that can make your snoring more serious at night. If you have gained weight, there is more fat on your neck (and even in your tongue) weighing it down. If you drink alcohol before bed, the muscles relax more. And if you sleep on your back, gravity pulls your throat more closed. Allergies and throat irritation can cause swelling that closes your throat more.
Dangers of Snoring
Snoring is more than a nuisance. It can actually come with serious risks.
One of the most serious risks is the damage to your arteries. When your throat is vibrating because of your snoring, the vibrations cause the carotid arteries in your neck to suffer tiny injuries. These injuries scar over, which creates areas where arterial plaque is more likely to collect. And once the arterial plaque starts to gather, snoring damages the arteries and the plaque itself. This makes the plaque more likely to break off and travel to the brain. The plaque then blocks tiny blood vessels in the brain, starving it of oxygen and nutrients–a stroke.
Snoring means you’re not getting enough sleep at night. People who snore are more likely to doze off at the wheel, which means they’re more likely to have serious accidents.
Snoring also causes serious relationship problems. People who aren’t getting enough sleep are less able to understand and appreciate the feelings of others. They’re more likely to fight and less likely to resolve problems successfully. This can cause relationship problems and even lead to domestic violence.
A Snoring Solution That Works
If your snoring is because your throat collapses at night, we have a solution that can keep your airways open. A mandibular advancement device repositions your jaw to properly support your airway so you can breathe easily–and quietly–at night. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, easy to transport, and comfortable. Best of all, it’s effective, because it’s custom fitted to your jaw and your airway.
If you are tired of losing sleep to snoring in Edgewater, NJ, please call (201) 943-6644 today for an appointment with a sleep dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Edgewater.