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Snoring: What’s Normal and What’s Not?

June 1, 2022
non-surgical snoring treatment in Pacific Beach

Do you snore? Does one of your loved ones snore? Is it starting to become an issue in your home? Altrock Fabb Dental offers state-of-the-art non-surgical snoring treatment that doesn’t require wearing a bulky, uncomfortable mouthguard at night. Instead, we incorporate laser snoring treatments that are FDA approved for fast and effective results.

Where Does Snoring Come From?

Wondering why snoring happens and where it comes from? Snoring is caused by vibrations in the back of your throat when soft tissues come in contact with each other. These can include your tongue, tonsils, soft palate, uvula (the strip of skin hanging in the back of your mouth,) and even the back of your throat.

Any time the tissues start to relax, they sag a bit more than normal, filling in extra space.

As those tissues come into contact with each other—and if you’re breathing out of your mouth instead of your nose—snoring occurs. But if they sag too much, it can physically obstruct your airway and contribute to more serious conditions like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Is Snoring Bad?

It’s normal for most of us to snore at some point or another. At other times, snoring can even be a red flag for a sleeping disorder (but not always.)

Snoring is bad when it’s so loud and so frequent that you and other people in your household have to sleep in different rooms or even use earplugs. Ideally, you should be able to breathe in and out of your nose without much, if any, snoring.

If your family has mentioned your snoring more than once or twice, or they’re genuinely concerned about it, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to plan a snoring consultation with our San Diego dentists.

Congestion, Alcohol Consumption, and Weight Gain

How much snoring is normal? Well, there are a few lifestyle factors and underlying health issues that can contribute to snoring more frequently. Such as:

Nasal congestion. If you’re “stuffy” or “stopped up,” you won’t be able to breathe through your nose well at night. Mouth breathing or having a stuffy nose will make you more prone to snoring.

A large neck circumference or weight gain. When there’s extra tissue around your upper airway, it makes those tissues more likely to touch one another whenever you’re lying back to go to sleep at night. That’s why you may snore more if you happen to put on a few extra pounds.

Alcohol intake. Drinking alcoholic beverages will increase your chances of snoring because it relaxes the muscles in that area and makes them more likely to collapse. For best results, don’t drink within at least 2-3 hours before going to bed.

Snoring Treatment (Pacific Beach)

Altrock Fabb Dental offers snoring treatment in Pacific Beach. Since “why snoring happens” usually originates in your mouth, laser snoring treatments can offer safe, fast, effective results. Our San Diego dentists use soft tissue laser therapy to naturally tighten the loose tissues that are responsible for your snoring.

Solea laser snoring treatment uses safe light energy to provide non-surgical snoring treatment right here in our office without any numbing necessary. Plus, there’s no need to wear a separate, bulky oral appliance that’s hard to sleep in.

The actual treatment feels like a warm, tingling sensation on your skin. But it’s nothing uncomfortable or irritating, so you won’t need to worry about taking time off to recover.

Laser snoring therapy typically needs to be touched up every so often.

Snore? Our Pacific Beach Dentists Can Help

As dentists, our San Diego providers are highly knowledgeable when it comes to the mouth and oral anatomy. That includes the source of your snoring in the back of your throat. During your dental exam, we can easily evaluate your risk of airway obstruction and possible soft tissue-induced snoring.

If you or your loved one snores so much that it’s interfering with everyone’s rest at night, you owe it to yourself and your quality of life to visit our sleep dentistry team. We’ll evaluate your oral tissues and screen for issues like sleep apnea to see if laser snoring treatment is right for you (or your family member.)

Call today to get started.

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