Snoring may not be as normal as you think

Sleep Apnea atlantaWhen you go to bed at night, your house may not be the quiet, peaceful oasis you need. Everyone from your husband to your kids to the dog and cat could be snorting and snuffling and snoring. And if you finally fall asleep in your walls of sound, you might be snoring, too! In fact, studies find that 90 million Americans snore, and this big number doesn’t take into account the four-legged members of the family.

Everybody snores occasionally, it’s true. And maybe that’s why we might believe it’s normal behavior. Snoring can be caused by:

  • Allergies
  • Colds
  • Flus
  • Pregnancy
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption

And sometimes, just rolling over onto your back in the middle of the night, in a very deep sleep, can cause your mouth to drop open and loud snoring to come out. But if you are snoring loudly every night, it could cause serious health issues.

Some people are labeled “simple” snorers; their snoring episodes can come and go, and the reasons for the noise vary, as do the negative health effects. But often snoring is not really snoring, it’s actually a much more serious problem.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Sleep apnea and snoring can have many common features and be called by the same names, so they can be incorrectly diagnosed and treated as a result. In addition to frequent loud snoring, OSA is characterized by pauses in breathing, gasping or choking, excessive restlessness while sleeping and sleepiness during the day. OSA can have serious health consequences, and it may require a sleep study to diagnose.

A simple dental device can treat sleep apnea

At Flax Dental, we treat our OSA patients by recommending the use of a “mandibular advancement” device. These dental appliances can re-position your lower jaw into a more favorable position, one that keeps your breathing passageway open while you sleep. We want to help you restore your normal breathing and eliminate snoring. So call our office today for a sleep apnea consultation appointment.

New patients: Call (855) 997-2639; Current patients: Call (404) 255-9080

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