Do you or your spouse snore in your sleep? If so, there is a solution to those deafening, nighttime sounds. Most people are unaware of the other problems brought on by snoring (in addition to the lack of sleep), including persistent dry mouth and sore throat.
These symptoms are not nearly as severe as the underlying risk factors associated with deep snoring, which is usually diagnosed as sleep apnea. High blood pressure and cardiopulmonary health problems are often directly linked to this widespread health condition; sleep apnea is characterized by consistent bouts of ceased breathing during the night, to the point where the individual will often wake up extremely fatigued and lethargic the next day.
Headaches, excessive thirst, memory problems, and overall poor productivity are all caused by these recurring interruptions in one’s normal sleep pattern. The worst part for people who sleep alone is they often go months or years without knowing what is wrong.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it would be a good idea to partake in a sleep study. The sooner you know what is causing your sleep troubles, the sooner you can find a way to fix it. Since heart failure is not out of the questions for sufferers of severe sleep apnea, it is very important that you get help now.
One method that has significantly helped millions of patients get rid of their snoring problems is the wearing of a nighttime breathing apparatus. These devices range from chin straps to throat sprays to custom mouthpieces and more, and are all designed to counter the annoying disturbances to one’s normal sleep regimen.
Theravent is a very popular anti-snoring appliance that has been used for years to treat regular snoring and sleep apnea; this adhesive strip holds the nostrils open during sleep, allowing adequate room for airflow. The device compels the throat airway to open every time the patient exhales, virtually eliminating the sounds of snoring caused by throat vibrations. Alternative nasal strips focus more on getting rid of nasal congestion, and as such are not as effective in stopping a person from snoring entirely.
On the other end of the spectrum are mouthpieces and chinstraps, which are used to keep the lower jaw facing forward and mouth shut during sleep, thereby opening the throat and forcing the person to inhale and exhale through their nose. The end result is typically the same; sounder sleep and fewer nightly disturbances.
The staff at Pakerhill Dental have treated thousands of patients who suffer from regular and sleep apnea snoring; our dentists take the time to assess your needs, and will prescribe the ideal appliance (mouthpiece or other) to alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing. After all, you deserve a good night’s sleep!