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.
Snoring Therapy FAQs
Are you ready to say goodbye to your snoring? Oral appliance therapy may be the key to helping you and your partner achieve better rest. But before you schedule your consultation with us, you may want to know more about snoring and snoring therapy. That is why we have compiled the following brief list of frequently asked questions.
How Can I Tell the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
While snoring is one of the primary signs of sleep apnea, there are other symptoms that you should be on the lookout for. For example, if your partner tells you that you occasionally stop breathing during the night, that’s a sign that sleep apnea, and not normal snoring, is affecting the quality of your rest. The best way to find out why you aren’t sleeping well is to take a sleep test, either in a laboratory or in the comfort of your own home.
Can I Make Lifestyle Adjustments to Reduce My Snoring?
Your partner may notice a reduction in your snoring if you do not drink alcohol close to bedtime and you limit your caffeine intake. If you sleep on your back, switching to a side position might facilitate easier breathing and less snoring. Do you think it will be difficult to adjust to a side sleeping position? Taping a tennis ball to your back or investing in a special pillow may help you. Other ways in which you might be able to reduce snoring include quitting smoking, losing extra body weight, and taking measures to manage allergies or any other factors that might contribute to nasal congestion.
How Much Does Snoring Therapy Cost?
We’ll provide you with an estimate for the cost of your therapy when you visit us for your consultation. If you have sleep apnea, it is possible that your health insurance will cover at least part of the price of your oral appliance. It might also help to mitigate what you owe for your sleep test. Our team is happy to file claims on your behalf for any PPO insurance plan. We are also committed to helping you understand your benefits and get the most out of them.
After I Start Therapy, How Soon Will My Snoring Stop?
Many patients experience a reduction in snoring the first night they wear their oral appliance. As long as you continue to comply with treatment, you can anticipate many snore-free years ahead of you.