If you snore, then you know how disruptive it can be to your partner, as well as anyone else within ear shot of you. It can also cause you to miss out on badly needed sleep if you wake during the night. Many people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition where the soft tissue collapses and blocks their airway. Snoring is just one of many symptoms. These men and women may have suffered with this condition for years. However, there are also many men and women whose snoring has come on suddenly, or comes and goes throughout the year. Regardless of the length of time of your snoring, if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Whitmore can help alleviate this nighttime nuisance.
Temporary Causes of Snoring
There are many causes of temporary, or short term, snoring. While it can seem like an eternity to those who surround you as you sleep, snoring can last a mere days or weeks. Some of these causes include:
- Seasonal allergies
- Some medications
Some other causes, such as obesity may also technically fall into temporary causes, since the snoring may vanish once weight loss is achieved.
Allergies may come and go, and pregnancy will end, but if you smoke, consume drugs or alcohol, or are taking prescription medication, your snoring can go on and on.
There is hope for short-term and long-term sufferers of OSA in the Plano, Texas area. Many sleep apnea patients are told that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are the only way to cure their snoring, and any other symptoms that are caused by OSA. However, the CPAP machine can be cumbersome, the mask can be problematic, and complaints about sore throats due to the dry air are common.
Dr. Whitmore’s solution to OSA and snoring is through treating patients with an oral appliance. Called SomnoDent, this is worn like a retainer at night. It helps to position your tongue and jaw so that your airway remains clear of the soft tissue blockage. Not only will your snoring vanish, but you (and your family) will sleep much better.
Contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.