Been told you snore? Issues that can cause snoring, from our dentist at Northern Beaches
Do you regularly wake up with a sore throat and a headache? Does your bed partner frequently wake you up and exile you to the sofa?
You aren’t alone; as many as 1 in 6 people worldwide are guilty of snoring as they sleep. While many people only do so when they are ill or have drunk alcohol, for other people it can be a more constant struggle. And it isn’t just the person that you share the bed with that pays!
Regular snoring has been found to disrupt sleep patterns, preventing you from reaching REM (rapid eye movement), which is essential to brain function and overall well being. On top of this, snoring has also been linked to recurrent migraines, sinus infections and even cognitive issues.
While it may seem unusual, if your bed partner and yourself have had enough of your nightly bellowing, it may be time to book an appointment with your dental practitioner.
At Northern Beaches, our dentist in Mackay can help you and your partner to get those all-important 40 winks. How? By inviting you in for an assessment, to determine the underlying reason why you are snoring. Depending on our findings, we may suggest lifestyle changes or send you for further diagnostic testing. Simple!
But what are some of the most common causes of snoring that our dentist in Mackay sees? Read on to find out.
A common reason many people snore frequently is due to their lifestyle.
If you smoke, consume alcohol or are taking prescribed medication, then these can all play a factor in your recurrent snoring. While our dentist in Mackay will advise you on smoking cessation and offer advice relating to alcohol consumption, you should always consult with your medical practitioner before altering any prescribed medication.
At Northern Beaches, we understand that many people work less manual jobs and more time is spent sitting at a desk in the majority of jobs.
But maintaining your weight at a healthy level is a key way to reduce issues surrounding snoring and so, if you feel that you may need to shed a few lbs, our team can advise you and we will see if your nocturnal noise resides as a result.
There are many undiagnosed ailments that can cause snoring; a key one is diabetes. Followed closely by a deviated septum, if you have lost weight, given up smoking and you are still being kicked out of bed, it may be time for you, our team and your medical practitioners to assess you for an underlying illness.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your lower jaw slips back and obstructs your windpipe as you sleep; this can be life-threatening as it cuts off your oxygen. If our team suspects sleep apnea, then we will refer you for a sleep study to assess the severity. If sleep apnea is confirmed, we can make a custom-fitted mouthpiece which will prevent your jaw from slipping back during sleep.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.