Do you snore on a regular basis? Snoring can ruin a good night’s rest for both you and your partner. In fact, snoring may also be a sign of a serious sleep disorder. Fortunately, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, offers treatment to help you stop snoring and obtain the rest you need to function at work or school.
Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Question: What causes someone to snore?
Answer: Snoring occurs when airflow is partially blocked during sleep. Sinus infections, deviated septum, bulky throat tissue, aging, and alcohol consumption all obstruct airways, leading to chronic snoring.
Question: Can snoring be a symptom of OSA?
Answer: Yes. Obstructive sleep apnea forms when airflow becomes completely blocked, causing the patient to stop breathing for brief periods. The brain must then wake the patient up to start breathing, which can happen hundreds of times each night. Sleep apnea sufferers also report daytime drowsiness and wake up choking or gasping for air. If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, talk to your Astoria dentist right away.
Question: What can I do to stop snoring?
Answer: There are a variety of simply lifestyle changes you can make to reduce snoring. Some patients may need to lose weight or exercise. You should also avoid caffeine or alcohol consumption before bed. Keep your bedroom dark and cool; remove a TV or any other unnecessary distractions, as well. In addition, always maintain a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and waking at the same times everyday, even on the weekends.
Question: What treatment does my Astoria dentist offer for snoring?
Answer: Along with lifestyle changes, Dr. Leibowitz may recommend an oral appliance. Similar to a night guard, this device moves the jaw forward to prevent throat tissue from blocking airflow. This helps prevent partial blockage, ending your snoring episodes and helping you rest easy.
About Dr. Leibowitz:
Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, a native New Yorker, has served patients and families from Astoria, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all surrounding communities since opening his dental practice in 1991. To schedule an appointment at our Astoria dentist’s office, contact us at (718) 728-8320 today.