Everyone snores occasionally, but for some, it is a chronic condition that can affect your sleep and the quality of sleep for those around you.
Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems, however most people don’t think it’s important to tell their dentist that they snore. A snore on its own is relatively harmless, but it can also be a sign of something more serious, like sleep apnea and oxygen deprivation to the brain.
Dr. Raman can check for signs of irritation in your mouth and throat and will look for common signs of snoring, such as irritate soft tissue which is a common problem for people who sleep with their mouth open. If she feels there is enough evidence, she may refer you to a sleep specialist for a polysomnogram, or sleep study, to rule out sleep apnea.
If sleep apnea is not the cause, snoring can be treated in many ways. Some of the most straightforward treatments include losing excess weight, avoiding alcohol, quitting smoking, and sleeping on your side.
Another effective way to help you stop snoring is an oral appliance similar to a retainer that is worn at night and it quite comfortable to wear. It helps foster your jaw forward thereby preventing the soft tissues from vibrating as loudly. There are many different appliance styles on the market, and some are covered by health insurance. Dr. Raman can help you decide which is best for you.