Snoring Treatment – Skokie, IL
Your Chance for a Quiet Night’s Rest Again
Loud chronic snoring is often the culprit for many restless nights. Whether it’s you or your bedmate that’s snoring, the sound can be quite disruptive to your relationship. Worse yet, it could be a possible sign of a potentially devastating sleep disorder that will likely grow worse if it remains untreated. Dr. Schwartz can help you narrow down the cause of your snoring and find a way to stop it for good; call us today if you or someone in your family is snoring every night.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is a side effect of the breathing being partially inhibited while you sleep. Everybody snores on occasion; in many cases, it’s caused by sickness related to sinus problems. However, loud chronic snoring is often much more serious. One common cause of this type of snoring is obstructive sleep apnea. It is a condition where the airway is being blocked by the lower jaw or tongue, disrupting the flow of air and creating the vibrations that make the sound of snoring. In short, if extremely loud snoring happens on a regular basis, then it should be taken as a potential sign of sleep apnea.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Snoring is closely associated with sleep apnea, but the two do not necessarily always go hand in hand. Take note if your snoring is accompanied by any of the symptoms listed below; if it is, chances are very good that it is linked to a serious sleep disorder. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry if you have any reason to suspect that snoring might be linked to sleep apnea.
- Experiencing an extremely dry throat in the morning after waking up
- Frequently waking up during the night, possibly while choking or gasping for air
- Routinely experiencing morning headaches
- Feeling fatigued throughout the day even if you believe that you got a full 7 to 9 hours of sleep last night
Treatment for Snoring & Sleep Apnea
The first step is to answer a simple question: is your snoring really linked to sleep apnea or another disorder? To get the answer, Dr. Schwartz will ask a series of questions and consider all the facts of your particular situation before suggesting the next steps. A sleep test will likely need to be conducted to make a proper diagnosis.
If snoring is linked to obstructive sleep apnea, it can be treated with a customized oral appliance. It is worn like a mouthguard, but instead of protecting the teeth from external damage, its main function is to hold the lower jaw and tongue in place. Doing so reduces the risk of the airways becoming blocked as a result of the soft tissues in your mouth relaxing and falling back. Simply wearing an oral appliance on a nightly basis can help eliminate snoring, and it also reduces other sleep apnea symptoms, making the nights more peaceful and restful for everyone.