Does snoring keep you up at night? Does it disrupt your breathing or does a partner’s night-time habits keep you from peacefully visiting the land of nod?
The good news is that you might not need to suffer any longer.
April 22nd – 26th is Stop Snoring Week, according to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA). At BPI Dental, we are making it our mission to help you and your loved ones enjoy a good night’s sleep once more.
What causes snoring?
Essentially, snoring happens when the air flowing through the mouth and nose is obstructed. Possible causes include sinus infections (often a problem during allergy seasons), a deviated nasal septum, poor muscle tone in the throat or tongue, bulky throat tissue resulting from excessive weight, and a long palate or uvula (the tissue that hangs down at the back of the mouth).
What health risks are associated with snoring?
Sleep deprivation is an obvious issue caused by snoring – both for those who do it and their loved ones! Lack of quality sleep can have negative consequences on your immune system, weight, mental wellbeing and fertility, so getting a good night’s kip is essential.
Studies have found direct links between snoring and an array of health conditions from coronary artery disease to depression. Also associated are greater risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, cardiac arrhythmias and Gastoesophageal Reflux Disease.
In terms of oral health, snoring causes dry mouth (or xerostomia). Breathing occurs through the mouth because the nasal passage is blocked, and this can cause the tongue and teeth to become dry. Saliva has an important role in the oral cavity, helping to protect against gum disease and tooth decay. Persistent snoring and mouth breathing could increase your risk of developing dental problems such as these.
Sleep well and keep smiling
There are various possible treatment options which depend on the precise cause of the snoring. In most cases, your BPI Dental team can fabricate an oral appliance (like a mouth guard) to help keep your airways open and encourage normal, unobstructed breathing. Yes – just one simple device could give you the quality sleep you need! To find out more, give us a call today.