There are a number of things that can cause snoring including your anatomy, lifestyle choices such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, allergies and common colds. One of the most common causes of snoring is sleep apnea, a condition in which your airways cannot provide sufficient oxygen to your body resulting in snoring, gasping for air, and periods where your breathing ceases entirely.
How Snoring Happens
As you begin to sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth, tongue, and throat relax. This is the natural process all of the muscles in your body go through during sleep and is intended to allow your body to restore itself during that period. If your throat becomes over relaxed due to sedatives like alcohol, or your airway was previously restricted by tar from cigarettes, airflow can be constricted to such a degree that noise accompanies your normal breathing.
Snoring can result in restlessness for both you and your partner. Worse still, it can result in frequent headaches, inadequate rest, cognitive dysfunction, and a host of medical problems. The dentists at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville can help you treat snoring with the assistance of a customized mouth guard. With the use of this comfortable mouth guard, you can eliminate snoring, and restore healthy, restful sleep.
If you are interested in learning more about treatments for sleep apnea in the Morristown or Bernardsville, New Jersey area, please contact the experienced staff at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville to schedule an initial consultation today.