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IS SNORING NORMAL?

Almost everyone in the Mooresville area knows someone or is someone that snores. It is estimated that 90 million Americans snore. These include men and women of all ages, including children. It’s so prevalent that it may be considered normal, but is it?

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SNORING?

Are there risks from just “primary snoring “alone? The answer is yes.

Snoring can lead to fragmented, poor sleep quality for both you and your bed partner. Interrupted sleep takes you back to the lighter stages of sleep, so that you essentially get less of the deeper stages that restore your mind and body. Poor sleep can lead to similar health risks as sleep apnea, including weight gain, altered sugar metabolism, and daytime sleepiness or fatigue.

Some believe that chronic snoring may lead to obstructive sleep apnea. This may be supported by findings of changes in the soft tissues. Studies have shown that over time, the tissue in the soft palate of chronic “primary” snorers have fewer nerve fibers (decreased muscle tone) and changes in the protein structure of the muscles (decreased contractile strength), over time. This allows for more collapse of the airway.

There is also an increased risk of cardiovascular disease attributed to snoring alone. Snoring is considered to be a higher risk factor for stenosis (blockage) of the carotid arteries than smoking, high cholesterol or obesity. The vibration to these arteries in proximity to the airway is thought to cause trauma and inflammation which allows for plaque accumulation and eventual blockage. These arteries provide the blood supply to the brain, and this process can elevate the chance of a stroke.

If you are interested in learning more about the sleep apnea solutions and sleep apnea treatments available to you in the Mooresville area, contact Good Night Dentistry.

SLEEPING SHOULD BE SILENT

Unless you have a cold or congestion, sleeping should be a silent activity. Snoring is caused by vibration of the soft tissues in the throat, due to some obstruction of the airway, which creates pressure changes and a disturbance in the airflow. Snoring is common, but not normal.

The problem and the danger of this is that of the Americans that snore, over 40 million of them suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (they stop breathing for more than 10 seconds, over four times per hour while asleep). The only way to tell the difference in these groups is with a sleep test, read by a board-certified sleep physician.

HOW DO I STOP SNORING?

If you try to treat snoring with an over-the-counter snoring device or a “snore guard” made by a dentist, without a test, you are putting your health at risk. This is like turning off the fire alarm. It does not mean the fire is out. This is exactly why the first change made to the 2015 American Academy of Sleep Medicine guidelines states that a dental device used to treat “primary snoring” should have a prescription from a physician.

snoring

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SNORING?

Are there risks from just “primary snoring “alone? The answer is yes.

Snoring can lead to fragmented, poor sleep quality for both you and your bed partner. Interrupted sleep takes you back to the lighter stages of sleep, so that you essentially get less of the deeper stages that restore your mind and body. Poor sleep can lead to similar health risks as sleep apnea, including weight gain, altered sugar metabolism, and daytime sleepiness or fatigue.

Some believe that chronic snoring may lead to obstructive sleep apnea. This may be supported by findings of changes in the soft tissues. Studies have shown that over time, the tissue in the soft palate of chronic “primary” snorers have fewer nerve fibers (decreased muscle tone) and changes in the protein structure of the muscles (decreased contractile strength), over time. This allows for more collapse of the airway.

There is also an increased risk of cardiovascular disease attributed to snoring alone. Snoring is considered to be a higher risk factor for stenosis (blockage) of the carotid arteries than smoking, high cholesterol or obesity. The vibration to these arteries in proximity to the airway is thought to cause trauma and inflammation which allows for plaque accumulation and eventual blockage. These arteries provide the blood supply to the brain, and this process can elevate the chance of a stroke.

If you are interested in learning more about the sleep apnea solutions and sleep apnea treatments available to you in the Mooresville area, contact Good Night Dentistry.

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