Snoring is a health condition that causes disruptive sleep—not just to you, but also to the people you live with. The noise results from the resonating or vibrating sound you make while sleeping, caused by a blockage to your air passage through the nose and mouth.
Thick throat – Bulky throat tissue can restrain airflow and create the resonating sounds that snoring produces; we may advise some patients to lose some weight as thicker physiques can also make the muscles around your throat thicker
Poor tongue and throat muscle tone – Muscle tone is important to keep the tongue and throat firm while you rest, so weak tissues will make them fall back into the air passage; the most likely causes of this are taking sleeping pills, consuming alcohol, and ageing
Blocked nasal airway – One reason for an obstructed nasal airway is a sinus infection, which happens most during “allergy seasons” and may go away when the weather changes; moreover, patients with nasal deformities can also develop snoring
Long uvula – The uvula is the tissue dangling at the back of your mouth; if it is too long or thick, it may narrow the airway passage and also lead to the vibrating snoring sound
When these circumstances occur regularly, you can reduce nightly snoring with oral appliances that help position your tongue, throat, and jaw for better air passage. These are effective treatment options that can suit your specific dental needs.
If you find yourself or a loved one snoring on a consistent basis, it can be a serious matter that requires intervention. Contact our dental clinic today to schedule an appointment so we can help you overcome it with appliances, sleep therapy, or even just improvements to your day-to-day lifestyle. To book a visit with Wortley Road Dental, call or email us.