Do you find yourself snoring frequently? Chronic snoring can be obnoxious, to you and your significant other. Many people aren’t aware that snoring can also be a warning sign of a more serious issue. Thankfully, at The Silverstrom Group, we can diagnose the cause of your snoring and offer comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the causes of snoring and the link between snoring and sleep apnea.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is typically the result of obstructed airflow. When the airways between the nose and voice box become partially blocked by soft tissue, the air vibrates the tissue, causing the grating sounds we associate with snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat completely blocks airflow. When this happens, the brain becomes deprived of oxygen. In response, the brain wakes the patient up to resume breathing. This cycle may play out hundreds of times a night. As a result, patients become irritable, unable to focus at work or school, and experience daytime drowsiness. Over time, untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and depression. One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea just happens to be loud, chronic snoring.
How do you treat sleep apnea? In the United States alone, over 10 million people suffer from sleep apnea. At The Silverstrom Group, your Livingston general dentists offer a simple treatment option: an oral appliance. Similar to a mouth guard, this intraoral device repositions the jaw to prevent soft tissue from obstructing airflow. Soon, patients breathe easier and experience a reduction in snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston General Dentists
Do you suffer form chronic snoring? Interested in our treatment for sleep apnea and snoring? Then contact your Livingston general dentists today. Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom can improve the health and appearance of your smile with dental restorations. In addition, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.