Whether you are the culprit making all the noise or a partner who’s being kept up at night by the old “honk-shooo” you are probably wondering: “What causes snoring?”And more importantly—how can you get it fixed?
Finding Out the Cause
In short, snoring happens when your air passages narrow in size and the air flaps against soft and hard tissue. In order for surgery and other treatment to be affective, you will need to work together with your dentist or doctor to decide the root cause of your snoring and where the sound is actually coming from.
If you snore, it is probable that one or more of the following is contributing to your noisy slumber.
- Smoking or alcohol.
- A deviated septum that blocks your nasal passages.
- A tongue that is “out of shape.”
- Thyroid problems.
- Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder with blocked air passages that cause extreme snoring.
- Other health problems.
Taking the Next Steps
Once the cause of your snoring is determined, you can take the proper steps to fix the problem. More often than not, this involves working with your dentist. Yes, you read that right: your dentist. Your dentist is the one who will help you determine what the best case of treatment is, especially as the most common snoring treatment is the use of oral appliances.
Oral appliance therapy involves the dentist making a custom feature for your mouth. You wear it at night when you sleep, and this device helps reposition your teeth, tongue, airways, soft palate, etc. By making these little changes that are customized to your personal mouth and snoring causes, your appliance can help stop you from snoring.
Because they are custom-fitted to your mouth, most people say that once you get past the adjustment period, the oral appliances are very comfortable. And if the proper cause of your snoring was determined, it will almost definitely be successful in stemming your snoring.
If you are lying awake at night in fear of waking the person next door with your loud snoring, come in and see us about oral appliance therapy!