Say No to Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If that person snoring night after night next to you is making you contemplate divorce or homicide at 3:12 a.m. every night, it may be time to have your snorer visit Dr. Miller. In addition to our wide assortment of dental procedures, Dr. Miller also helps people overcome their snoring and sleep apnea issues.

Sawing wood or just occasional snoring?

sleep apneaEveryone snores sometimes, regardless of what people think. “Oh, I never snore.” Yeah, sure. Whether you’re somewhat congested due to allergies or a cold or whatever, that congestion can block the airway causing snoring. But those are just occasional bouts of wood sawing. If it is habitual, your snoring can be a signal of more serious issues, namely sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea increases your risks for a variety of serious health problems. It causes sleep deprivation, daytime drowsiness, irritability, inability to focus, and decreased libido. Often it is accompanied by bruxism, commonly known as nighttime tooth grinding, so Dr. MIller may be the first to see signs of your sleep apnea.

Causes of snoring

Snoring occurs when the flow of air through the mouth and nose is obstructed. This can be caused by different factors: obstructed nasal passage; poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue; bulky throat tissue; and a long, soft palate and/or uvula. Vibration of the soft tissue produces the snoring sound.

Fixing it

Patients in professional sleep studies are often placed on Continuous Positive Air Pressure machines, but many people find those difficult to use because you have to wear a face mask, limiting sleep positions.

Dr. Miller prefers to fit his sleep apnea patients with a Thorton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) mouthguard. This is a high effective, non-intrusive therapy for snoring and sleep apnea. A TAP mouthguard properly aligns the jaws, keeping the airway open. TAP mouthguards are worn only during sleep.

So if your partner is raising the roof with his, or her, snoring, don’t resort to violence. Just call Dr. Miller at 503-640-9310 and set up an appointment to check for sleep apnea.

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