Snoring is basically a harsh or hoarse sound that comes out of your throat when air gushes past the throat’s relaxed tissues, resulting in the tissues vibrating as you’re breathing. Almost everybody will snore in their sleep at some point in their life, for some, however, it could be a chronic issue and even indicate a severe health problem.
This is why obtaining a prompt diagnosis and treatment for snoring from your dentist here at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, Dr. Steven Wilk is very crucial.
Possible Causes of Snoring
A multitude of factors could cause snoring. When you progress from dozing off to deeper sleep, your throat, tongue, and soft palate, which are the muscles in the mouth’s roof, relax. Your throat tissues could become so relaxed that they vibrate, due to them obstructing your airway partially. The more your airway constricts, the more your airway becomes blocked, increasing the vibration, and causing you to snore louder.
These conditions could impact your airflow during sleep and result in snoring:
- The anatomy of your mouth: Having a thick and low soft palate could constrict the airway. Likewise, overweight individuals may have excess tissues at the back of the throat that might constrict their airways. Additionally, if you have an elongated uvula, the vibration could increase due to significant airflow obstruction.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Loud snoring is typically associated with OSA, which is a sleeping disorder characterized by significantly loud snoring followed by extended periods of silence as the breathing nearly or completely stops. If you suspect that you have OSA or that your snoring is brought on by OSA, see your dentist in Denver, CO, for proper treatment as soon as possible.
- Alcohol consumption: This relaxes the throat muscles and reduces the throat’s natural defenses against airflow obstruction.
- Nasal conditions: Having a deviated septum or chronic nasal congestion could contribute to loud snoring.
- Your sleeping position: In most cases, snoring is often more pronounced when you sleep on your back since the effects of gravity on your throat obstruct your airway.
- Sleep deprivation: This could result in further relaxation of the throat muscles.
Complications of Untreated Snoring Problems
Habitual snoring isn’t just a mere nuisance. Besides affecting your partner’s sleep, if your snoring is due to OSA, you might have an elevated risk of developing these complications:
- Concentration difficulties
- Frequent anger or frustration
- Daytime sleepiness
- An elevated risk of automobile accidents due to the issues above
- A higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and stroke
- In kids diagnosed with OSA, a heightened risk of behavioral issues like learning disabilities and/or aggression
Reach Out to Us If You’re Concerned About Your Snoring
Set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Steven Wilk, here at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, by dialing (303) 758-4865.