Snoring isn’t just an annoyance. It can have major health consequences. At Drake Family Dentistry, we can treat sleep problems like snoring.
What is snoring?
Snoring is caused by an an airway obstruction in the throat or nasal cavity. The obstruction can be caused by:
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
- Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
- Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
- Long uvula or soft palate
- Nasal congestion
- Deviated septum
People who snore may have a condition called sleep apnea—a serious health condition in which your breathing lapses while you are snoozing. This can occur hundreds of times at night.
If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also impacted. Failure to get enough restorative slumber contributes to a host of physical and mental conditions.
Most of us have experienced difficulty concentrating when we haven’t gotten enough sleep. Did you know that can limit a person’s motor function and reaction time as seriously as intoxication?
Relief Is Here
So why is a message about snoring and sleep deprivation in a dental blog? The team at Drake Family Dentistry understands the connection between oral health and the rest of the body. At every checkup, we not only check your teeth and gums, we examine your glands, tongue, and throat for signs of oral cancer or other illnesses or disorders.
Whether it’s snoring or apnea, sleep problems can have a serious, negative impact on your life. At Drake Family Dentistry we can help you do something about it. Schedule an appointment with us today.
Keeping your smile healthy well into the future starts with creating healthy at-home habits followed by regular visits to our Kansas City Dentist twice a year. To learn more about your treatment options, call Drake Family Dentistry to schedule your next cleaning and examination.