Has anyone ever woken you up because you were snoring too loud? Have you ever been kept awake by someone else who was snoring?
Snoring is a common issue, and all of us snore sometimes. For some of us, snoring is a persistent problem that may indicate other health concerns.
Maybe you are wondering where you or someone you love could find a treatment for snoring. The answer might surprise you — the dentist. If you’d like to know more, stop by Atlanta West Dentistry, serving Cobb County.
Snoring and your health
Loud, frequent snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. Without getting into the details, people with sleep apnea have trouble breathing while they are asleep. That can lead to the snoring that is keeping you or your loved ones awake at night.
Everydayhealth.com published an article explaining how snoring can affect your health in a number of ways.
For example, If you are a long-time snorer, you may have noticed that you regularly feel sleepy during the day. When you snore, you often don’t get the quality sleep that your body needs. We all know how lack of sleep can affect our moods. You probably know someone (it might even be you) who gets a bit grumpy if they don’t sleep well.
One sleep study indicated snoring may be connected to an increased risk for having a stroke. People with sleep apnea also face a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This includes an increased risk for a heart attack and a greater likelihood of high blood pressure. People with a long history of snoring are more likely to have irregular heartbeats as well.
This isn’t mentioned in the article, but you could be risking being injured by the people you are keeping awake, too.
Can my dentist really help with snoring?
Yes, the dentist can help with your snoring.
If something is blocking the air getting to your lungs while you sleep, you will not get the “good night’s sleep” that you need. For many people, a dental device can help solve this problem.
A dental professional like those on our team at Atlanta West Dentistry can design a device to help you — and your bed partner — get a full night of restful sleep.
A custom snore guard fits in your mouth like an athletic mouthguard or an orthodontic device, such as a retainer. Before you go to bed, you put in the snore guard. This will change the position of your jaw so that air can flow more easily into and out of your lungs while you sleep.
When you wake up feeling refreshed, you will understand how good sleep can make a world of difference.
The importance of sleep
When you sleep, you go through sleep cycles. These cycles include non-REM and REM sleep. REM is short for rapid eye movement.
REM sleep and deep non-REM sleep are necessary parts of healthy, restful sleep. You may not be reaching these stages of sleep if you are snoring, which again may indicate you are having trouble breathing.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has written about the importance of sleep to our overall health.
When we get quality sleep, our brains work better. According to the NHLBI, people who get good sleep are more prepared to learn, whether they are trying to improve their golf swing or learning to play a musical instrument.
When we sleep well, our hormones are more likely to stay balanced. A lack of sleep can leave us feeling hungrier (and we all know that can lead to other problems).
In a more general sense, you have more energy when you are awake if you’ve gotten a good night of sleep. If you are sleep deprived, you are more likely to feel drowsy, and when you feel drowsy, you are at a higher risk of injury. As just one example, the NHLBI reported that drivers who are sleepy are involved in an estimated 100,000 car accidents — and 1,500 fatalities — every year.
Better sleep, better life
You probably already knew that you feel better when you are well rested. You may not have known that the quality of your sleep also has an effect on your overall health.
If snoring is keeping you or someone you love from getting the sleep you or they need, then now is the time to change that.
Our team at Atlanta West Dentistry wants all of our patients to be happy and healthy. If you live in or near Cobb County, our dental professionals can help you get the sleep that will make that possible. You deserve to feel your best.
Call us at 770-744-4619 or come by our office at 1808 Powder Springs Road SW in Marietta to make an appointment or set up a consultation.