Almost everyone snores occasionally. But it may signify a health problem if it happens frequently and affects the quality of your sleep. Booragoon Dental Clinic may help you understand snoring, so you can find the right treatment for your condition.
Snoring happens for different reasons, including obstruction in the nasal airways, which may be the result of a sinus infection or nasal polyps. Overweight individuals snore, as they have bulky throat tissues. You may also snore when you have poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat.
Frequent snoring may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), wherein your throat muscle relaxes intermittently and blocks the airway, causing your breathing to stop during sleep. It’s common among overweight, middle-aged, and older people. If not treated immediately, OSA may result in cardiovascular conditions, eye problems and daytime fatigue. It may also put a strain on your relationship and cause complications with surgery and certain medications.
When the throat muscle blocks the airway, your blood oxygen levels may drop suddenly, which will result in high blood pressure. Furthermore, you may develop abnormal heartbeats, as your heart tries to maintain the level of oxygenated blood throughout your body.
People with OSA often wake up repeatedly through the night, making it impossible to have a restful sleep. When you don’t have enough rest, you may suffer from fatigue and drowsiness during the day. As you’ll have difficulty concentrating and may become irritable, your condition may affect your work and relationship with others.
Lifestyle changes are the first step to coping with your condition. If you’re overweight, consider exercising regularly. Drink alcohol moderately, as it can aggravate your condition, causing throat muscle to relax too much and block the airway. Furthermore, avoid sleeping on your back.
Booragoon Dental Clinic offers oral appliance therapy. We’ll prevent airways from collapsing while you sleep by fitting a dental device in your mouth, which will hold the jaw forward.
Don’t let snoring affect your quality of life. Call us or fill out our contact form to know more about our snoring treatment.
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