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.
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:
- 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?
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?
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.