Our modern life is already very busy. It always seems like there’s no room to fit everything into the day, and that there’s never enough time to get a good night’s sleep. You probably already know how much sleep can affect your mood, health, and general well-being. That’s why snoring can be a very big problem. If you live with someone who snores badly, you could be losing the little sleep you get as it is. And if you’re the one who does the snoring, you could be doing the same to the people you love.

At Dietrich Dental Services, we provide comprehensive dental care. And since snoring comes from your mouth, we can help when snoring indicates something much worse: sleep apnea.

Snoring Vs. Sleep Apnea

No one is completely quiet during sleep. We all make some noises, and that includes snoring from time to time. That said, snoring most of the time or very loud snoring is not normal, and it could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder.

Snoring has a relatively simple cause. When the muscles around your throat get too relaxed, your airway can get slightly blocked. This causes the area to vibrate when you breath, making the snoring sound. But it’s worse in sleep apnea. In that condition, your airway gets mostly or even completely blocked. Instead of a loud vibration, you actually stop breathing for a few seconds or so. This causes you to wake up in a panic. But because your airway returns to normal as soon as you’re awake, the problem is gone, and you fall back asleep quickly. Then it all happens again: loud snoring, can’t breathe, wake in a panic, fall back asleep, and on and on.

When Snoring Crosses The Line

Again, a little bit of snoring is normal and shouldn’t cause much in the way of problems for you. But sleep apnea can rob you of a good night’s rest, leading to a lot of problems and complications. Headaches, restlessness, and fatigue are typical, since you’re not getting enough sleep at night. That lack of sleep can also increase your moodiness, make depression worse, or cause your hormones to get out of balance. There are even studies linking sleep apnea to gaining weight, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, and heart problems.

Diagnosing And Treating Sleep Apnea

There are tests that can determine if your snoring really is sleep apnea, and our dentists can refer you either to physicians who can do the tests or a company who conducts in-home testing. Once sleep apnea is confirmed, we can give you a customized mouthguard called a SomnoDent device. This FDA-approved device gently keeps your airway open so you don’t have the problem of never staying asleep. It’s safe, convenient, and best of all, it works.

There’s already too little time to get the sleep you need. Don’t let sleep apnea rob you or your loved ones of a much-needed good night’s sleep. If you think you might have sleep apnea, or to make your next appointment, call us at [phone] today or use our online form.