Stop snoring! Effective, comfortable treatment
People often dismiss snoring as a joke, but it’s not. Not for the snorer and not for the people who can’t sleep. While the trendy solution these days is for couples to sleep apart, that doesn’t really solve what is likely a serious health concern.
You may have tried over-the-counter solutions without success, but trust us: snoring can be treated.
What Causes Snoring?
During sleep, the tissues in the back of your throat relax and can obstruct your airway, causing vibrations that create the sound. While loud snoring is an annoyance that can irritate other members of the household, it may also be an indication of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, and can come with serious health risks of its own.
Dr. Grimshaw treats sleep apnea using customized oral appliances, similar to mouth guards, to keep your airway open during sleep and relieve extra heavy breathing.
While people tend to think of it as a joke, it should be taken seriously because it can actually be linked to serious problems, such as:
- Sleep apnea. Often the most obvious sign that a person has sleep apnea. Perhaps 70% or more of people who snore have sleep apnea, and the louder your snoring, the more likely you have apnea.
- Coronary artery disease and stroke. It has been independently associated with coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and stroke. This is because the vibrations of snoring can cause tiny injuries in the arteries, which causes scarring that leads to hardened arteries. It can also dislodge arterial plaque, which travels to the brain or heart, causing stroke.
- Drowsy driving accidents. It can be a sign that you’re not sleeping well. Someone looking at you might think you’re sleeping soundly, but you’re struggling to breathe. You wake up unrested and are likely to doze off during the day, including behind the wheel.
- Divorce and domestic violence. The disruption is not a joke. When neither person is sleeping well, it’s hard to be rational, calm, and forgiving. Minor disputes can spiral out of control. Many incidents of domestic violence, including beatings, stabbings, and shootings.
Because of these dangers, you should not ignore your snoring. Instead, get tested for sleep apnea and get an effective treatment.
Oral Appliance for Comfortable, Effective Snoring Relief
For relief from snoring, Dr. Grimshaw provides oral appliances that are customized to fit your mouth comfortably. They position the lower jaw slightly forward and down, opening up your airway and stopping the vibrations. You can test this by making a snoring sound and moving your jaw forward. You will find that the sound stops.