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What causes snoring?

If your or your partner’s snoring is disrupting your sleep at night, it may be worth giving your dentist in Cheshire a visit to address what could be the cause of it. Snoring is the loud and hoarse sound that occurs due to the vibration of the tissues in your throat caused by air flowing through them. While most people snore at some point in their life for various reasons, it can be a chronic problem for some and even indicate a serious health condition. Snoring is usually associated with a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnoea which is a condition that causes the walls of your throat to relax and narrow while you’re sleeping, thereby interrupting your normal breathing pattern.

Snoring can be caused by a variety of causes such as alcohol consumption, weight, allergies, a cold or the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses. It often occurs when you progress from a light to a deep sleep and the muscles in the roof of your mouth, tongue and throat relax. Sometimes the tissues in your throat relax enough to the point where they partially block the airway and vibrate making the airflow more forceful and increasing the tissue vibration which causes the snoring to become louder. There are also a number of risk factors that contribute to snoring; these include being a man as more men suffer from sleep apnoea than women, being overweight as the back of the throat may have extra tissues that narrow the airway, having nasal problems such as a deviated septum or nasal congestion and having a family history of snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea.

What complications can snoring cause?

Not only is regular snoring an annoyance for you or your partner, but it can cause additional complications when associated with obstructive sleep apnoea. Most people with chronic snoring find themselves struggling to stay awake or feeling sleepy during the day. They may also experience frequent feelings of frustration and anger and even struggle to concentrate. Snoring can also lead to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and stroke as a result of lack of sleep, you must contact your dentist in Cheshire as soon as possible to reduce the risk of developing further problems.

How the treatment works

If you or your partner suffer from snoring, you will be pleased to know that Willaston Dental Care may have a solution for you. Our dentist in Cheshire offers a variety of oral devices and mouthpieces to address snoring problems. After a one-to-one consultation and an analysis of your mouth, a custom-made mouthpiece will be created from impressions that are taken of your teeth to make sure it fits comfortably. This mouthpiece is to be worn at night and works by holding your bottom jaw slightly forward which opens your airway thus allowing you to breathe better and reduce how much you snore. Snoring may also cause side effects which the dentist may be able to help you with; for example, you may develop a dry mouth due to having your mouth open when sleeping which causes bad breath. Further dental problems snoring may cause include burning mouth syndrome and gum disease so it is vital that you visit your dentist to ensure any sign of dental issues are detected and dealt with in their early stages.

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