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Sleep Apnea and Snoring – Reno, NV

Say Goodbye to Restless Sleep

A woman with her hands over her ears and her partner asleep in bed

Are you frequently told by your partner that you could wake the dead with your snoring? Maybe you sound like a buzz saw? Whatever it is your snoring in Reno could be compared to, there’s no doubt that you and your partner aren’t getting the rest you both need. While it may only be a nuisance issue for them, your snoring may actually have a negative impact on your overall health and be a key indicator that you have sleep apnea. At Summit Boulevard Dental, Dr. Houchin strives to help patients young and old dealing with sleep apnea and snoring problems. To find out how he can help you start getting the rest you need, contact us to schedule an appointment.

What Causes Snoring?

A man snoring

Snoring is more than just an annoying occurrence that happens when a person falls asleep, and there are many reasons a person might snore, including:

Whether your snoring is related to sleep apnea or not, it is occurring because the tissues of your mouth and throat are relaxing just enough into your airway. While asleep, the tissues will begin to vibrate, thus, creating the not-so-glorious sound.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, those same vibrating tissues don’t just relax, they can actually block your airway. When this happens, your brain must trigger your body for its need to breathe. As your blood pressure rises, your body sends a signal and you often wake up gasping or choking for air. This can happen once or hundreds of times each night.

This up and down motion of your blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke if left untreated.

Does Snoring Always Indicate Sleep Apnea?

A man asleep with his mouth open

The short answer is no. Just because you snore doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea. Unfortunately, snoring in one of the key symptoms associated with sleep apnea in Reno, but if you don’t have a partner to tell you that you snore or cease breathing at night, there are, fortunately, other ways you can determine if you have sleep apnea. These include:

No matter the reason for your snoring, it’s best that you seek the help of a professional to determine why you are snoring. This will help you get the treatment you need to start resting better.

Treatment Methods

Oral appliance

When treating sleep apnea or snoring, one of the most popular and effective methods used by many dentists is oral appliance therapy. The traditional CPAP machine is still used, but many patients find it is difficult to maneuver and uncomfortable to wear while sleeping.

Oral appliances are portable, compact devices that fit comfortably in your mouth. Treating mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, they are custom-made to meet your individual needs. Designed to look like a mouthguard, an oral appliance shifts your jaw forward, allowing your airway to remain open while you sleep. They’re a proven way to improve your quality of life by helping you get the rest you need and deserve.

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