Frequent or loud snoring is more than just an embarrassing condition; it can also cause problems with your health and wellness. Stephen Carstensen, DDS, Carrie Magnuson, DDS, and the team at Premier Sleep Associates in Bellevue, Washington, can help determine the cause of your snoring and provide lasting relief. Begin today by scheduling a visit online or call to check appointment availability.
Snoring involves making harsh or unusual sounds during sleep. These sounds occur as the muscles in your throat relax, impeding the flow of air into and out of your airway.
Almost everyone snores occasionally, especially when you’re ill, sleeping in an unusual position, or have consumed alcohol. However, for some people, snoring becomes a serious health problem with a long list of potential complications.
It’s possible to begin snoring at any time during childhood or into adulthood. You might snore for short periods of time, or only for a portion of the night.
If you only snore occasionally, there may be no need to seek treatment. Some people find relief by trying a different pillow or improving their sleeping environment.
If you experience any combination of the following, it might be a good idea to schedule a diagnostic assessment:
In many cases, your sleep partner is the first to notice these changes. If your loved one reports you are snoring loudly or more frequently than in the past, schedule a visit at Premier Sleep Associates to begin determining the cause.
Many different things can cause or contribute to snoring. Your treatment path depends on the reason why you are snoring as well as your overall health.
Many people snore more as they gain weight. For others, the unique anatomy of their mouth, jaw, and throat are the primary cause of snoring. A medical condition called sleep apnea is one of the most common causes of snoring, and can lead to a number of very serious health problems.
Your treatment plan might include making efforts to improve your sleep hygiene, the conditions within your sleep environment. Avoiding electronics before bed, taking time to wind down, lowering lights, and waking at the same time each day can all help improve sleep and reduce snoring.
If sleep apnea is the problem, a custom oral appliance might be a wonderful solution. Wearing an oral appliance during sleep helps keep your airway open, making it easier to sleep soundly without snoring.
When you’re ready to explore these and other treatment options, book a visit online or by phone to meet with the Premier Sleep Associates team.