Snoring Therapy - Glastonbury, CT
Save Your Partner from Restless Sleep
You’re sleeping in bed one night, and you feel an all too familiar poke in your ribs. You’re snoring again, and your bed partner simply can’t sleep through it. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, about 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women habitually snore.
If snoring is this common, is it really something to be concerned about?
In many cases, yes. While snoring might seem like a minor annoyance, it may actually indicate that a person isn’t getting the quality of sleep they need, which can lead to chronic exhaustion and overall health problems (for both themselves and anyone who sleeps near them). Often, it’s even a sign that someone may have sleep apnea.
Luckily, snoring can be stopped, and it’s a problem we help people overcome every day here at Central Connecticut Orofacial Pain & Sleep Medicine.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Snoring
When we fall asleep, the muscles in our mouth and throat naturally relax. For some, these tissues actually partially block their airway, and as air moves past them, they vibrate, creating that “iconic” snoring sound we all know and love.
While most people are playful when talking about snoring, what it really indicates is that a person is not breathing properly while asleep. This can lead to chronic exhaustion during the day. It’s also one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, a serious disorder that affects more than 30 million Americans every night.
When the brain is tired all the time, it has trouble remembering things, focusing, and regulating emotions. Not to mention, driving while drowsy has been shown to be particularly dangerous. In experiments comparing tired drivers to intoxicated ones, it was found that the exhausted drivers were actually more likely to get into an accident.
Also, people who sleep close to someone who snores can develop chronic sleep problems as well. It’s estimated that when someone shares a bed with a person who snores, they lose about 2 hours of sleep each night! Over time, this can lead to extreme sleep deprivation.
How We Can Help
How does one stop snoring? Typically, the key is keeping the airway unobstructed during the night, which is something we can accomplish by having a patient wear a custom-made oral appliance to bed. A small mouthpiece is shaped to fit comfortably over the teeth and slightly shift the jaw forward to keep the airway open.
The result? A patient is able to breathe normally (and quietly!) throughout the night, which is good news for them as well as anyone near them. Many patients who undergo this treatment discover that they didn’t even realize how exhausted they were due to snoring.
Stop Snoring Tonight
Whether snoring is solely annoying or the sign of a serious health problem, the team at Central Connecticut Orofacial Pain & Sleep Medicine can help patients get the rest they so desperately need, and that’s true for their partners as well.
If you’re ready to stop snoring, contact us today for an appointment.