When Is Snoring A Concern?

It’s a fair assessment that almost everybody snores once in a while, and the occasional bout of snoring is not usually something to worry about.

Snoring occurs when the tissues in and around the airway relax, then begin to vibrate as air is inhaled and exhaled. The size and shape of the oral and airway structures, or the position an individual is resting in can lead to infrequent snoring. However, it’s important to be aware of when snoring may be a cause for concern.

Snoring becomes concerning when it’s accompanied by signs of sleep disruptions or sleep disorders. For example, if an individual snores frequently and also experiences daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, morning headaches, and trouble concentrating, it may be time to see a doctor.

A medical illustration comparing normal breathing, snoring, and an obstructed airway

Causes of Snoring

Snoring can have several factors that contribute to the severity of the condition.

  • Frequent nasal congestion
  • Deviated septum
  • Use of sedative medications
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Jaw malformation
  • Large tongue or oral tissues
Each can exacerbate or contribute to snoring issues.

Snoring Treatments

Individuals who are concerned about their snoring are advised to seek medical attention. A professional care provider can evaluate the airway and oral structures in order to pinpoint the cause of snoring in patients.

Fortunately, once the cause is determined, snoring can be treated in most cases. Sleeping in an optimal position, limiting alcohol consumption, weight management, and other health maintenance options can be used to attempt decreasing the frequency and severity of snoring.

In situations where the patient’s oral structure and soft tissues are the key contributors, oral devices can be used to clear the airway during sleep, or for a more permanent solution, patients can utilize the Vivos System. In situations where the patient’s oral structure and soft tissues are the key contributors, oral devices can be used to clear the airway during sleep or NightLase laser treatment can be performed, or for a more permanent solution, patients can use an upper jaw maxillary expansion device like the Vivos(C) system.

The Vivos System strengthens and redevelops the patient’s jaws and oral structures with the use of a customized oral device. There’s no pain, no surgery, and no drugs involved.

If you snore, or you live with a loved one who does, reach out to Solace Wellness Center at 978-851-8600 or request an appointment to discover whether the Vivos System is an appropriate solution to remedy your snoring patterns. Get better, quieter sleep with dedicated care that will improve your breathing.

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