Studies show that roughly 45% of the general population snores on a regular basis. Snoring may seem harmful, but it can affect your health in many ways. Snoring can also affect your personal life by interfering with the quality and quantity of your sleep. In fact, studies have concluded that snoring does, in fact, lead to divorce in some cases. In an average night, the spouse loses roughly an hour of sleep.
In some cases, snoring may be an indication of sleep apnea, a very serious medical condition that causes a whole host of dangerous symptoms.
Basically, snoring is caused by a person’s airway being obstructed during a state of deep sleep. The body’s mouth and throat tissue collapse inward and block the lung’s ability to take in oxygen. The soft palate and uvula vibrate as air passes back and forth in the throat’s constricted airway, causing the irritating sound we call snoring.
There are a variety of treatments for snoring, and Dr. Gordon Chee, experienced cosmetic and neuromuscular dentist, will perform a thorough evaluation of you and discuss treatment options with you. Some successful treatment for sleep apnea and snoring include:
- Oral appliances
- Behavioral changes
- Surgery (in extreme cases)
If you or your partner snore or feel you may suffer from sleep apnea, there are treatment options for snoring that really do work. Please contact Calgary, Alberta area dentist Dr. Gordon Chee today to schedule a consultation.