Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Michigan
Like bad breath, snoring can be harmless and temporary. In some cases, however, it can be an indication of a treatable disorder. Whether you snore habitually, or just occasionally, you could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, which is short and sudden periods of non-breathing.
The sound of snoring indicates that something is blocking the flow of air from your nose to your wind pipe (trachea). The obstruction causes the tissue of the upper airway to collapse, either partially or completely.
When that collapse is partial, the passing air causes a noise we know as snoring
When the collapse is total, breathing becomes abnormally slow or shallow (hypopnea), or stops altogether for about 10 seconds (apnea)
Either way, your body is then receiving insufficient oxygen, and being unable to expel carbon dioxide quickly enough.
This disrupts your sleep. You get a poor night’s sleep, so next day you feel tired or irritable, and maybe have a headache, or can’t concentrate properly. There can also be long-term consequences from the repeated oxygen deprivation.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Dr. Mulder will do a thorough examination to determine what causes the breathing obstruction. Once this is discovered, he can focus on promoting the free flow of air and eliminating the obstruction. Dr. Mulder uses PM Positioner and Klearway Device in order to treat such problems. If problems persist, Dr. Mulder might recommend consulting a sleep disorder specialist.
Snoring solutions can be accomplished through special snoring devices for the nose or mouth, medications, lifestyle, and sleeping alterations, and even surgery.
If you or a loved one snores loudly and chronically, please contact A Life of Smiles at 616.458.0631 to schedule your appointment. Our dentists welcome patients from the greater Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Grand Haven and Rockford, Michigan, areas.