I haven’t slept in weeks. I’m pregnant, which already makes sleeping a challenge for me. For some reason, my husband’s snoring seems worse. Once I wake up from the baby, I can’t get back to sleep with his rumbling through the night. I asked my doc and he said a dentist can stop snoring. Please tell me how you do this magic?
You didn’t know dentists were snoring wizards? Fortunately for you, we are! Snoring is often caused by a mild form of sleep apnea. This is a condition where the muscles in the back of your husband’s throat relax as he starts to fall asleep. They partially block his breathing passage which leads to the rattling sound which snorers make.
He’s likely not even aware he does it, with the possible exceptions of when he gets your elbow to his ribs out of frustration. For some patients, it’s even worse and their air passages are blocked completely leading to obstructive sleep apnea. This causes him to stop breathing. If you’ve seen your husband startle himself awake and then go straight back to sleep, this may be something he struggles with.
What Can Your Dentist Do about Snoring?
In the past, treatment for sleep apnea and snoring has been to use a CPAP machine, but most patients hate them. Not only are they bulky, but they can be about as loud as the snoring, but instead of the sound of sawing logs, it sounds like you’re sleeping with Darth Vader.
Fortunately, there’s a better solution that works with many patients. A simple orthotic device will reposition his throat in a way the clears his breathing passage, giving both of you a better night’s sleep.
Sometimes a sleep study is required, but you can usually get your medical insurance to pay for that.
This blog is brought to you by Auburn, AL Dentist Dr. Raymond Bolt.