Your snoring isn't just annoying to your sleep partner. It can disrupt normal sleep patterns, resulting in excessive tiredness during the day, and has even been connected to high blood pressure and heart disorders. If you snore, you probably haven't thought of contacting your dentist, but at the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Madison, Wisconsin, snoring is our specialty! Dr. Angela Bauer explains the reasons why people snore and how she can help you overcome it.
What causes snoring?
Sleep is a time of relaxation for the entire body, and this includes the muscles in the throat and the back of the mouth. When these muscles relax, they make the airway smaller. When combined with an underlying condition, such as nasal congestion or enlarged tonsils, the airway is further restricted and the air that passes through it during breathing causes the soft tissues to vibrate. This produces the unmistakable sound of snoring. Although everyone has snored at one time or another, long-term snoring can be indicative of sleep apnea, which is when the muscles in the throat collapse and close off the airway completely many times during sleep. And that's where your Madison sleep apnea dentist comes in!
How is snoring treated?
Your Madison dentist, Dr. Angela Bauer, has been received special training that combines her knowledge of dentistry with the science behind treating sleep apnea. After a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Bauer will create a custom-fitted dental appliance that keeps your airway open by supporting your tongue and jaw in a proper position. Unlike sleep apnea masks and machines, dental appliances are lightweight, portable and won't disturb your sleeping partner with noise.
If you snore, finding out if it's due to sleep apnea can improve your entire life! Contact the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Madison, Wisconsin today and ask to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Angela Bauer. You - and your sleeping partner - will be very glad you did!