Snoring

Serving Pittsburgh, Allison Park, and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania

Every night, millions of people are being kept awake because their bed partner snores. While these individuals are certainly suffering and often lack sufficient rest to get through the day, the consequences are much more severe for the person who is snoring all night long.

Snoring can be a source of embarrassment, especially when it happens in public (a very common occurrence when people fall asleep on the couch watching TV). If embarrassment were the only problem caused by your snoring, it wouldn’t be all that bad. Unfortunately, snoring is often a sign that you suffer from a dangerous condition called sleep apnea which is associated with many serious health risks.

At Dentonics, we offer a variety of sleep apnea treatment options to help improve your snoring problem and give you relief from this dangerous condition. Please call 412-487-6910 today to schedule a sleep apnea evaluation at our dental office, serving individuals in the Pittsburgh area.

Causes of Snoring

The most common cause of snoring is sleep apnea. The loud vibrating sound occurring when you snore is created by a blocked airway that develops when the soft tissue in your throat relaxes. When you try to breathe while your airway is blocked, the uvula rubs against your soft palate, creating a vibration that is heard by others as snoring.

While sleep apnea is the most common cause of snoring, there are other risk factors that may increase the likelihood that you will develop this condition. Common risk factors for snoring include:

  • Heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Obesity
  • Taking sedatives before you go to sleep

Health Risks Associated with Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If your snoring is due to sleep apnea, you may face an increased risk of developing the following health conditions:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Bed partners of snorers are also impacted. According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, bed partners of snorers lose approximately one hour of sleep every night. This is enough sleep loss to result in chronic fatigue, which often impairs your motor skills and increases your risk of getting into an accident while driving.

Treatments for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye find that sleep apnea is causing your snoring, there are a number of treatments that may help alleviate your condition. Depending on your unique situation, they may recommend one of the following sleep apnea treatments:

  • SomnoDent oral appliance
  • TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) oral appliance
  • CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure)
  • Surgery (as a last resort if these other treatments don’t work)

If you would like to find out whether your snoring is caused by sleep apnea, please contact Deontonics using the form at the right side of the page or call 412-487-6910 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Pittsburgh, Allison Park, and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.