Sleep Soundly With Our Snoring Treatments
Snoring is a common problem that affects over 90 million Americans. While snoring alone isn’t always a problem, it can disrupt your personal life and signify more serious health issues. With intensive training in oral medicine and sleep apnea treatment, Longview dentist Dr. Hobbs is a sleep dentist that offers customized, convenient oral appliances to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
What Is Snoring?
Snoring is the sound made by the vibration of tissue as your breath passes through your airway while sleeping. When these tissues loosen, it causes the airway narrow and forces air through the smaller opening. This causes the tissues to flutter, creating sound vibrations in the throat that result in snoring.
Snoring, Intimacy, & Your Relationship
While you may not notice, snoring can get between you and your partner by provoking problems in your relationship. One partner’s snoring can prevent the other from getting a good night’s rest, which may result in irritability and resentment. Not getting enough sleep can also cause tension and arguments, damaging intimacy in your relationship. Many couples end up sleeping separately due to one partner’s snoring.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Snoring may seem like a regular habit, but many snorers are unaware of the possible health risks that are associated with it. Nearly 75 percent of snorers are also suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a severe medical condition that can be dangerous if left untreated. Symptoms of sleep apnea may include daytime fatigue, irritability, and depression. Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call us at (903) 686-9076 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced sleep dentist, Dr. Edward Hobbs. He’ll ensure you get the correct diagnosis and treatment for your condition.
Why It’s Important to Get a Sleep Study
If you’re a heavy snorer, it’s essential to determine whether your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea so we can provide the proper treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Hobbs will thoroughly examine your airway. He’ll often suggest undergoing a sleep study to determine the exact nature of your condition. A sleep physician will review your test results and recommend the best action.
Once you’ve received a proper diagnosis, Dr. Hobbs will sit down with you to discuss your treatment options and help find one that works for your unique case.
Effective Remedies for Snoring
Snoring can bother the people closest to you, especially your sleep partner. Dr. Hobbs will work with you to determine a snoring treatment plan best fits your lifestyle.
We offer custom-made snore guards to help alleviate snoring and give you the full night’s rest you and your partner deserve. These easy-to-use dental mouthguards fit securely, repositioning your jaw to clear your throat of any airway obstructions.
Dr. Hobbs also recommends some lifestyle changes to relieve your snoring:
- Alter your sleep position — avoid sleeping on your back
- Change your pillows
- Establish a healthy sleep schedule
- Avoid alcohol before bed
- Lose excess weight
- Clear out your nasal passages — in a hot shower or with a neti pot
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m a heavy snorer. Does that mean I suffer from sleep apnea?
Not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, but it’s a familiar and frequent symptom of sleep disorder. Taking a sleep test to get the proper diagnosis and help ease any worries you may have is important.
How does losing weight help relieve snoring?
Those who suffer from sleep apnea experience an obstruction in the airway, causing them to gasp for air while sleeping. When there’s excess weight around the face and neck, there’s a larger obstruction in the airway. Losing weight helps minimize these episodes.
What if I don’t take a sleep test?
If you snore and choose not to take a sleep test, you may face a higher chance of developing serious health consequences, such as heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. Even if your snoring isn’t related to sleep apnea, it can be disruptive to the point of damaging your relationships with your intimate partners. It’s best to play it safe and get a diagnosis to determine the best course of action for your health and your quality of life.
I just got diagnosed with sleep apnea. What do I do?
Finding a dentist who focuses on dental sleep medicine is crucial if you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea. They offer sleep apnea treatments like a CPAP machine and comfortable oral appliances. No individual case is the same, but your dentist will help determine the best solution for you.
Get Your Free Consultation With Our Longview Dentist
Is snoring getting in the way of your relationship? Do you feel tired or irritated during the day? Our Longview team can help get your symptoms under control. Contact our practice at (903) 686-9076 or fill out our online contact form below to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Hobbs at our Longview office. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.
Dr. Hobbs treats patients in the Longview community and the surrounding areas like Marshall, Gladewater, Lakeport, and Kilgore, TX. Check out what our patients are saying on our testimonials page!