You may have started to notice that you’re more tired during the day. You might feel like you barely slept a wink even though you went to bed and woke up at your usual hours. Maybe your significant other has been kept awake lately with your snoring. At this point, you might be asking yourself, “Why am I snoring so much?” and wondering how you can treat it. Speaking with your dentist would be a great start to resolving this issue.
If you notice that you’ve begun to snore, along with other symptoms such as exhaustion during the day, you may be suffering from OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. This is typically caused by mouth or throat tissues that block your airway while you sleep. When left untreated, OSA can lead to prolonged periods of oxygen and sleep deprivation, which can wreak havoc on your overall health. Sleep apnea has been related to health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, and liver problems. It’s important that you act quickly.
Typically, when treating sleep apnea, your doctor may provide you with a continuous positive airway pressure (or CPAP) machine. This machine pumps gentle air pressure through your airway to keep it clear of obstructions. These machines can be loud and bulky. Your dentist can provide you with a custom-made sleep guard that keeps your lower jaw pushed forward while you rest, keeping your airway clear in a more comfortable and discreet fashion. Contact your dentist today and rest more soundly.