If you are concerned about a partner’s snoring, it can be hard to know where to turn. Is that something to talk over with a family doctor? A sleep expert? Is there a medical field that studies snoring? Many people are surprised to find out that your trusted dentist in Cerritos, CA has answers for for many causes of loud snoring. If you are concerned about someone else’s snoring, a consultation with a dentist can be a smart place to turn for answers.
What Snoring Can Mean
Snoring can mean a lot of things. Occasional snoring can mean a little too much wine the night before, or an unusually tiring day. It might mean a summer cold, stopped up sinuses or allergies kicked in. Loud snoring most nights can also signal a problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which your dentist can diagnose, and often treat. While snoring is not a dental emergency, it is not healthy to go for months and even years getting poor sleep.
We Can Diagnose Many Snoring Causes
When someone comes in for a consultation about snoring, often they have no idea that the problem exists, other than being told by others that it is a problem. However, people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) may report waking up tired, morning headaches, inability to concentrate during the day, depression and other indications that a restful sleep is not taking place. If someone else shares the bedroom, there may be reports of snorts or gasps (along with loud snoring). We have other items on our diagnostic checklist, that can help explore why someone snores, and more importantly, what can be done about it.
We Have Snoring Solutions
A custom fitted oral appliance will often alleviate jaw problems, both from OSA and from other issues like bruxism. In the case of OSA, the appliance is worn at night, to support the jaw in the correct position to maintain an open airway. Many patients report an almost immediate change to a restful and rejuvenating sleep pattern, and bedmates report snoring decreases or is eliminated. If an oral appliance is not the answer, there are other options, such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to explore.
Don’t Let Some Else’s Snoring Ruin Your Sleep
Experts suggest getting 7-8 hours of sleep every might, to function at your best and avoid health issues. If someone else’s snoring is disrupting your sleep, you dentist may be able to help. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities.