Snoring & Sleep Apnea

It's important to understand the difference between normal snoring and sleep apnea. While excessive snoring that jolts you awake can be a sign of sleep apnea, snoring can also be caused by nasal congestion or other conditions that are not a risk to your health. Our Brentwood dentist, Dr. Rice, can help address snoring even if a sleep study has shown you don’t have sleep apnea as it can still hinder your ability to get a good night's sleep.

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Signs That It's More Than Just Snoring

Snoring can be an early warning sign of existing sleep apnea. Combined with other symptoms it can indicate that it's time to get screened for sleep apnea. Delaying treatment for sleep apnea can damage your overall well-being, putting you at risk for serious health issues. Your snoring could be affecting more than just you and your partner's sleep, it may be a sign of something far more serious. Additional signs of living with sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Gasping for air or making choking/snoring sounds during sleep followed by silence
  • Insomnia or frequent awakenings during the night
  • Unrefreshing sleep

Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea

While snoring is often a major symptom of sleep apnea, Dr. Rice believes in helping you get a better night's sleep even if your snoring isn’t caused by sleep apnea. We are dedicated to helping you regain a great night's sleep by helping alleviate your breathing problems. At Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists we can use a number of different treatment options including oral appliances and laser treatments to help you breathe and sleep better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are snoring and sleep apnea related?

While snoring is one of the most noticeable symptoms of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. If you snore, we recommend getting a sleep test to make sure your snoring isn’t a sign of sleep apnea.

Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, Dr. Rice can help treat your snoring with a convenient oral appliance and laser treatments. Snoring can affect your relationship with your partner and drive them to seek a different place to sleep. 

Can snoring be stopped?

Yes, many people can stop their snoring with the help of treatment. Convenient oral appliances move your jaw forward while you sleep to open your airway so you’ll sleep silently. There are also some lifestyle changes you can make to help stop your snoring.

Some of these lifestyle changes include losing weight, stopping the use of sedatives before bed, and quitting smoking. We recommend making these changes with the guidance of a professional and also alongside other snoring treatment.

Practice Update Regarding COVID-19

To combat the spread of COVID-19, our office will only be offering virtual consultations to help evaluate the condition of your sleep apnea and discuss treatment options.

 

Please submit your information here for a call back from our team. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 615-373-4488 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to providing you with the highest quality care once we are able to return to our normal hours.

 

Thank you!

 

Kellye N. Rice

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