While you may think that your snoring problem will somehow go away on its own, the fact is that the longer you’ve been snoring, the less of a chance you have of it going away without any sort of medical intervention. Because snoring can be a symptom of a serious problem, it’s crucial that you visit a sleep dentist who can examine you thoroughly and send you for testing to make sure that your snoring is not a symptom of sleep apnea. Even though ignoring your snoring may be the easy choice for you, those around you surely don’t want to deal with your constant snoring and you don’t want to ignore a possibly serious and fatal condition!
A Simple Change Can Mean A Big Result
For some patients, snoring is actually temporary and isn’t caused by a serious underlying condition. When this is the case, a simple behavior change can result in the elimination of snoring completely. There are several different preventative measures of snoring treatments that you can try that may or may not get rid of your snoring. Try the following recommendations to see if an easy fix is all you need:
- Behavioral Therapy – Consider how you sleep. If you’re known to sleep flat, try to prop up your head and chest so that your airway remains completely open, which allows you to breathe freely without any sort of obstruction. If you sleep on your back most of the night, try conditioning yourself to sleep on your side. Back sleepers are notorious snorers!
- Treat Known Conditions – Consult your doctor if you suffer from asthma or have a cold accompanied by an upper respiratory infection. Your doctor should be able to prescribe you medicine that will assist in keeping the lungs and throat clear. If you have allergies, start a regular medication regimen. Any congestion in the lungs and airways can contribute to snoring problems.
- Nasal Strips – Sometimes, narrow nasal passages can cause snoring. Try using snoring strips such as Breathe Rite strips to open your nasal passages and eliminate this as a potential cause of your snoring.
- eXciteOSA® – eXciteOSA® is a device used during the day to simulate your upper airway muscles (tongue). This improves the function of those muscles, so it relaxes less while you’re sleeping. Denver sleep dentist Dr. Berry can prescribe eXciteOSA® to help eliminate your snoring.
If these methods don’t work, it’s important that you seek snoring treatment in Denver from a sleep dentist. Dr. Berry will work with you to find out what is causing you to constantly snore at night.
Oral Appliances Designed for Snoring Treatment
Despite the vast variety of snoring appliances available on today’s shelves most of the snoring appliances that actually work do so in the same way. The snoring appliances offered to dental patients are worn as mouthpieces while sleeping. These mouthpieces work by moving the jaw and tongue forward so that the soft palate and soft tissue do not collapse and vibrate in a narrowed airway. When the airway is clear, there is no snoring to be heard. When you are fitted with the right snoring appliance in Denver you and your spouse will wake up feeling refreshed after a great night’s sleep!
Weightloss – A Multi-Beneficial Option
Some patients snore simply because they are overweight. Obesity is a growing problem in our nation and has been the cause of an influx in many different conditions including snoring. Overweight patients are more prone to be snorers because of excess fat deposits in the neck and throat area. These can compress the airway and cause vibration which then results in snoring. Studies have also shown that those who are obese are more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which may mean that snoring is merely a symptom and isn’t the main condition at hand. Moving the scale downwards is a great way to end snoring and is also a means to ensure a healthier life.
Having said that, it’s important to be realistic about weight loss as a snoring treatment. Losing weight is not an easy task, and it may be advisable to try another snoring treatment while you’re in the process of losing weight, especially if you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Surgery to Treat Snoring
Surgery should always be a last resort for snoring treatment. The fact is that most anti-snoring surgeries are permanent, with the exception of palatal pillars. Surgery may be necessary for those with enlarged soft tissues in the throat such as enlarged adenoids and/or tonsils. These soft tissues can cause an obstruction within the throat which can result in snoring. Surgery would remove these soft tissues to prevent any further narrowing of the airway.
To go along with weight loss, some patients opt for weight loss surgery as a means to stop snoring as well as to prevent and treat a variety of other conditions such as sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and others. Unfortunately, many bariatric surgeons won’t do weight loss surgery on patients who have sleep apnea without doing a tracheotomy.
Don’t Let Money Sway Your Decision
Let’s face it; not many things can be deemed “cheap” in life anymore. Dental procedures as a whole can be costly though with the help of financing, we can help you to afford the snoring appliance you need. Snoring appliances range in cost from just $20 online to many times that for professionally made snoring appliances. While the snoring appliances made in dental offices are most definitely not inexpensive, isn’t a good night’s sleep for you and those around you worth it? It is certainly worth it if a sleep test shows that you have sleep apnea.
Though money is always a factor, don’t let the cost of a snoring appliance turn you away. It is rare that our patients regret buying one of these appliances. For some they are literally lifesavers
Stop Snoring With Snoring Treatment From Dr. Berry
Don’t interrupt the sleep of those around you any longer. Take the time to come to Dr. Berry to rule out any serious causes of snoring. Dr. Berry will be able to provide you with the right snoring treatment that results in a truly silent night! Don’t wait any longer! Call our office at (303) 691-0267 or contact us online for snoring treatment in Denver.
Self Screening: Do You Have Problems Sleeping?
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale
This self-administered test is used to determine your level of daytime sleepiness which can be caused by sleep apnea.