If you snore constantly, then the biggest consequence may seem like the annoyance it causes your sleeping partner. However, an even bigger concern may be what chronic snoring is doing to your overall wellbeing. When you snore, it’s often because your airway is partially blocked and your body is working harder to breathe. Besides being loud, this means snoring can also tax your cardiovascular system, and speaking to your dentist about snoring treatment could have profound impacts on your overall health.
Important Facts About Snoring
- Mouth and throat tissues can collapse into your airway as you sleep for a variety of reasons, such as an improper sleeping posture and/or over-relaxed oral tissues. The blockage forces air through a smaller space, causing your throat and oral tissues to vibrate loudly (causing the noise known as snoring).
- When your breath is forced through a tightened space, the air pressure from your breathing is increased. However, the amount of air that you receive can be significantly reduced. Working harder for a reduced amount of air can lead to a host of cardiovascular problems, including an increased risk of respiratory troubles or heart disease.
- Because your body is working harder, you may not be able to rest as deeply as your mind and body need to. Over time, this can lead to exhaustion, a weakened immune system, and a heightened risk of all types of illness.
- In some cases, snoring can indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep breathing disorder that causes you to stop breathing completely while you sleep. The risks of OSA are significantly more pronounced than those of snoring, as the condition can force your body to repeatedly wake up throughout the night.
Find Out How You Can Stop Snoring
If you snore consistently, then you may benefit from speaking to your dentist about your condition and how to treat it. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.