Good Reasons to Talk to Your Dentist About Snoring

Most people may not automatically consider finding a solution to their snoring habit. For many, it isn’t something worth paying attention to. However, chronic snoring can have a significant effect on your overall health and wellbeing if you ignore it. If you snore every night, especially if your snoring is extremely loud, then you should ask your dentist how to stop snoring. With a custom-designed oral appliance, you can find the peaceful rest that’s alluded you for so long and lower your risks of health issues associated with chronic snoring.

Snoring: Q&A

The good news is that we can provide you with comfortable treatment for your snoring or sleep apnea. However, even though you can feel excited and relieved knowing you will be wearing a simple oral appliance that yields exceptional results, you may still wonder what’s going on. Is it just snoring? Something more? Do these always go hand-in-hand or not? We are happy to get you started on the essential information you need with a question-and-answer session.

Snoring? Try NightLase® Laser Treatment!

snoringmanwithwomanGood news! Did you know that by seeking professional treatment for snoring, you can expect exceptional results? Even better news: Whether you’ve just realized snoring is affecting your quality of life – or if you’ve tried everything from oral appliances to a CPAP machine – advanced NightLase® snoring laser treatment offers a way to stop the snoring. Ready to learn more? In addition to gathering a few details with a quick read, you can also stay tuned to KRIV Fox 26 news in Houston on Thursday, May 26th to watch Dr. Lathrop’s segment on how we treat snoring!

Snoring Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

quizgreenDo you laugh off the fact that you’re well known as a loud snorer because some people snore – and some don’t? Or, are you feeling anxious about your snoring because it has been waking your partner and interrupting your ability to make it comfortably through a full night of sleep? For immediate clarity on this topic, we suggest you keep one thing in mind: Snoring is not good for you and may be a warning sign of something more serious called sleep apnea, which will require sleep apnea treatment. Let’s see what you know and provide additional information with a brief quiz.

Why You Need Sleep Apnea Treatment

sleepapneacouple2Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a disorder that interrupts your ability to sleep through the night? If so, it’s a problem we suggest you don’t take lightly. You see, in researching this sleep disorder a bit further, you will find that your nightly waking episodes – though you may not remember them in the morning – can result not only in extraordinary exhaustion but also in additional short- and long-term side effects. Do yourself a favor — make seeking treatment to improve your sleep a priority in your life, so you can once again enjoy the exceptional benefits of a good, solid night of rest.

Sleep Apnea Treatment: Do You Need It?

sleepingblondewomanSleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing momentarily while you sleep. When your throat muscles relax rather than remaining active, they allow your throat tissues to touch one another. This may begin with snoring as your tissues vibrate against each other as you breathe. However, the thorough relaxation of your throat muscles will yield a total collapse of the tissues within, resulting in temporary breathing cessation. While you’d think this would prompt you to visit us immediately, there’s one problem – most patients do not remember this experience. Though your brain will signal you to wake up so you can breathe, the entire episode happens quite quickly and patients often fall back to sleep right away. So, how can you possibly know if you need sleep apnea treatment? By identifying with the following symptoms, of course:

Is Snoring Interrupting Your Rest?

man's snoring is interrupting his restSome people that snore while sleeping may occasionally wake up gasping for air, or appear as if they are choking. This is a common symptom of a disease known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which affects millions across the world. Due to a lack of oxygen during OSA episodes, your entire body can suffer, and you may experience side effects throughout the day. Not only can snoring interrupt your rest, but OSA is also linked to many health concerns, some of which are even life threatening.

Just Snoring, or Something More Sinister?

Chronic snoring in Katy, TXWhen the tonsils, tongue, or oral tissue impedes breathing during sleep, we call this sleep apnea. There’s a reason why sleep apnea has been called the silent killer. According to the National Sleep Foundation, as many as 20 million Americans live with the condition. Of those, we believe that only 10 percent are actually aware of it. Dr. Colin Lathrop, who diagnoses sleep apnea in Katy, TX, explains that patients may avoid seeking treatment because they confuse the condition with chronic snoring.

Health Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Unlike snoring, sleep apnea poses serious health risks. Dr. Lathrop encourages his patients to seek timely treatment for snoring, regardless of whether they suspect that the problem is apnea-related. Symptoms that may indicate apnea instead of snoring include high blood pressure, weight gain, daytime drowsiness, and fatigue. Women who have sleep apnea may experience loss of libido, and male sleep apnea patients are at risk for erectile dysfunction. We attribute this to testosterone levels, which fluctuate based on how much sleep an individual gets. Inadequate sleep lowers testosterone levels, whereas sleeping too much drives levels upward. Because sleep apnea compromises the quality and duration of sleep, it stands to reason that sexual dysfunction may occur as a result.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

A patient who has obstructive sleep apnea will not likely see results from over-the-counter anti-snoring treatments such as nasal strips or sprays. In many cases, lifestyle changes are sufficient to produce improvements. Think weight loss, discontinuing use of sleep aids and alcohol, and even stress management techniques. In addition to these recommendations, Dr. Lathrop will determine whether an oral appliance will improve breathing. The appliance holds the jaw in place during sleep, preventing the airway from becoming obstructed. Even the position in which a patient sleeps can affect the ability to breathe.

In severe cases, continuous positive airway pressure, or a CPAP machine, is needed. If so, Dr. Lathrop will refer the patient to a specialist. While the patient sleeps, a mask covers the mouth and nose, delivering oxygen from a bedside machine. Rarely, surgical intervention is recommended.

Questions about snoring in Katy, TX? To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Colin Lathrop, contact us at 832-437-3849. Our office welcomes patients living in Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, and the surrounding areas. Follow us on Facebook for the latest news and oral health insights.



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