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Snoring is a common problem that affects almost 90 million Americans. Though it doesn’t seem like a problem, snoring can disrupt your personal life and may be a sign of more serious health issues. Learn how snoring can take a toll on your relationships and how you can prevent it.
Snoring, Intimacy, and Your Relationship
While you may not notice, snoring can get between you and your partner by provoking problems in your most intimate relationship. One partner’s snoring can prevent the other from getting a good night’s rest, which may result in feelings of irritability and resentment.
Not getting enough sleep can cause tension and arguments, damaging intimacy in your relationship. In fact, many couples end up sleeping separately due to one partner’s snoring.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Snoring is the sound made by the vibration of tissue as your breath passes through your airway while sleeping. This may seem like a normal 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, a serious medical condition that can be dangerous if it’s 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, give us a call at (903) 686-9076 to schedule your free consultation with experienced sleep dentist, Dr. Edward Hobbs. He’ll make sure you get the right diagnosis and treatment for your individual condition.
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 that’ll best fit 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 the following strategies 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
Why It’s Important to Get a Sleep Study
If you’re a heavy snorer, it’s important to determine whether your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea so we can provide the right treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Hobbs will perform a thorough examination of your airway, He’ll often suggest undergoing a sleep study to determine the exact nature of your condition. The results of your sleep test will be reviewed by a sleep physician, who will recommend the best course of action for you.
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.
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 common and frequent symptom of the sleep disorder. It’s important to take a sleep test to get the right diagnosis and help ease any worries you may have. Give us a call at (903) 686-9076 to get started.
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. It’s best to play it safe and get a diagnosis to determine the best course of action for your health.
I just got diagnosed with sleep apnea. What do I do?
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t worry. Dr. Hobbs provides various sleep apnea treatment options, including a CPAP machine and comfortable oral appliances. No individual case is the same, but we’ll help determine the best solution for you.
Your Free Consultation With Dr. Hobbs
Is snoring getting in the way of your relationship? Our Longview team can help.
To learn more, contact our practice at (903) 686-9076 or fill out a contact form located below. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you want. We can also schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Hobbs at our Longview office.