Struggling with Sleep Disruptions Caused by Snoring?
Is the persistent sound of snoring affecting your sleep and causing discomfort for your partner? The repercussions extend beyond just disrupted sleep; it can adversely impact your partner’s daily functioning. Additionally, snoring might be indicative of underlying sleep apnea, a condition with additional adverse effects. At the Center for Dental Sleep Health in Nashua, NH, Dr. Stephen Ura specializes in providing comfortable snoring treatments and addressing sleep apnea concerns.
Our approach begins with an accurate diagnosis to identify the root cause of your sleep issues. Dr. Ura, a renowned sleep dentist, offers his extensive expertise to patients in Nashua and surrounding areas, including Hudson, Milford, and beyond. If you’re seeking effective solutions to alleviate snoring and improve your sleep quality, contact us at (603) 237-1124. Let us help you achieve restful nights and healthier daily living.
Snoring Could Be a Bigger Issue Than You Think
Beyond being a mere nighttime annoyance, snoring can signify a more significant issue. The sound of snoring emerges when air encounters constriction along the airway during inhalation, a phenomenon experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. Surprisingly, snoring affects a staggering 90 million Americans. While occasional snoring is common, persistent and loud snoring can pose two serious problems.
Firstly, disruptive loud snoring can strain relationships, causing significant disturbances for those sharing the sleeping space, especially spouses or sleep partners. This disruption may lead to conflict, highlighting the social and emotional implications of chronic snoring.
Moreover, heavy snoring can be a red flag for a potentially serious underlying issue: sleep apnea. Beyond the audible disruptions, symptoms like daytime drowsiness and irritability often accompany sleep apnea, making it crucial to address snoring concerns for a comprehensive understanding of one’s sleep health.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is a multifaceted phenomenon influenced by various factors. These encompass:
- Nasal congestion
- Alcohol consumption
- Sleeping position
- Family history
Getting the Right Diagnosis with a Sleep Study
To precisely diagnose sleep apnea, undergoing a sleep study is essential. This can be conducted either by spending a night at a sleep center or, at your convenience, using a portable device arranged by Dr. Ura for a home sleep test.
The results of your sleep test will be carefully reviewed by an experienced sleep physician, who will determine if your disruptive snoring is indicative of sleep apnea. Once an accurate diagnosis is established, Dr. Ura will tailor a suitable treatment plan to restore your rest and alleviate the impact on both you and your surroundings.
If you’ve previously received a sleep apnea diagnosis and don’t know what treatment to get, contact us at (603) 237-1124 today. We offer options for addressing both sleep apnea and snoring. Explore our range of convenient oral appliances for more information.
Explore various treatment options for managing snoring and sleep apnea, including:
- Lifestyle Changes: Make adjustments, such as altering your sleeping position or achieving weight loss, to address contributing factors.
- Continuous Positive Airway Passage (CPAP) Treatment: Effective for some sleep apnea patients, CPAP may provide the necessary airflow support. However, it can be challenging for many due to its restrictiveness and difficulty of use.
- Oral Appliances: Discover relief through small and convenient oral appliances, which have proven successful for numerous patients in alleviating the impact of snoring and sleep apnea.
Our dedicated team is ready to assist, whether you’re dealing with sleep apnea or heavy snoring. Together, we can identify the most suitable option for your individual needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does CPAP work for everyone?
CPAP may not be suitable for all individuals with sleep apnea. While it’s a common treatment, many people find it challenging to adapt to the face mask, and some may experience side effects like headaches or dry sinuses. If you’re using CPAP and find it uncomfortable, contact your local sleep dentist’s office for an appointment to explore alternative options tailored to your comfort.
Does snoring mean I have sleep apnea?
Not necessarily. While snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, it can also result from various other factors such as age, sleep position, medications, lack of sleep, or alcohol consumption before bedtime. Consult with a sleep specialist to discuss your snoring concerns, get personalized advice, and determine the appropriate treatment for your sleep symptoms.
Can sleep apnea disappear on its own?
While some individuals may experience a resolution of sleep apnea, most cases require ongoing treatment. Oral appliances are not cures for sleep apnea, but they can effectively manage symptoms. Properly addressing the disorder through lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and adjusting sleep positions, can lead to significant improvements.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight examination that monitors various parameters such as brain wave patterns, oxygen levels, snoring, and heart rate. This comprehensive analysis helps your sleep physician establish an accurate diagnosis. Subsequently, your sleep dentist will work with you to determine the most suitable treatment based on your condition and needs.
Get the Sleep You Deserve!
Ignoring your snoring can be harmful to your health and can negatively your daily life. Fortunately, Dr. Ura can help you find the best treatment for you. Schedule your consultation at our Nashua office at (603) 237-1124 or fill out our online contact form below. We’re proud to provide services to the Nashua community as well as Nashua’s surrounding areas such as Hudson, Merrimack, Milford, and many more.