Snoring Treatment Options

Does your snoring keep your partner awake at night?  Snoring can be more than an obnoxious sound, as severe snoring may be a sign of a more serious oral health issue.  Fortunately, many snoring problems can be treated.  At DC Smile Studio, we care about helping our patients get a good night’s sleep because getting enough sleep is often linked to having excellent oral and overall health.


Why Can Snoring Be Problematic?

Severe snoring that frequently disrupts sleep may be a symptom of sleep apnea, a disorder that affects breathing while sleeping.  Sleep apnea cases are divided into three categories:

  • Central sleep apnea
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome

The effects of sleep apnea can range from irritating to potentially dangerous.  Patients with minor forms of sleep apnea may have difficulty sleeping, while those with more severe cases may experience severe breathing problems at night.


Why Do I Snore So Much?

While many people snore from time to time, there are several risk factors for severe snoring.  Individuals may be at risk for a problematic level of snoring if they:

  • Smoke or drink excessively
  • Are obese
  • Are pregnant
  • Have passed menopause
  • Men are also more likely to develop snoring problems than women


How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed And Treated?

If you feel that your snoring has become problematic, it may be time to talk to your dentist about being tested for sleep apnea.  The condition is diagnosed through a sleep study, which may be done at home or at a sleep center.


Most cases of sleep apnea can easily be treated.  Some common treatment options include:

  • Oral appliance therapy, which keeps airways open while sleeping to minimize snoring
  • Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or minimizing alcohol consumption
  • Sleeping on your side instead of on your back


Our Washington, D.C. dentists care about helping our patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, which begins with getting a good night’s sleep.  Contact DC Smile Studio today to learn more about snoring or to schedule a consultation!