While nearly one quarter of American adults suffer from chronic snoring, most never seek medical treatment for their condition. What many people fail to realize is that not only does habitual snoring deeply impact the quality of your sleep, but it can also be an indicator of a more serious condition, like sleep apnea. If you suffer from chronic snoring that affects the quality of your sleep, Greg Pitts offers snoring treatments in Utah County.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by the obstruction of the air flow through the nose and the mouth, resulting in vibrations that cause the snoring sound. Reasons for this obstruction can include:
- Blockages in the nasal airways that make air passage require extra effort.
- Poor muscle tone in the nose and throat that causes the airway to partially collapse.
- Bulky throat tissue caused by being overweight or having large tonsils or adenoids.
- Soft palate or uvula blocking the airway in the back of the throat.
Could something else be wrong?
While occasional snoring is primarily just a nuisance, chronic snoring can be an indicator of a more serious condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes long interruptions in the breathing cycle. In severe cases, sleep can be interrupted hundreds of times every night. Not only does this severely impact the quality of your sleep, but it can also cause blood oxygen levels to decrease. This increases the amount of work your heart has to do, causing your blood pressure to rise. If sleep apnea goes untreated for a long period of time, it can lead to an enlargement of the heart and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Chronic snoring has also been linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes.
How to fix it!
Dr. Greg Pitts can create customized dental appliances to help eliminate your snoring condition. Your specific treatment plan will be designed to treat the cause of your snoring. We will discuss which treatment plan will be best for you during your initial consultation.