How Do I Stop Snoring?
Habitual snoring affects roughly one-fourth of the population, with statistics revealing that one in three snorers are affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially serious breathing condition. As the most prominent symptom of OSA, loud snoring may or may not be indicative of this sleep breathing disorder. While the desire to achieve a more peaceful night’s sleep for yourself and your loved ones can be reason enough to seek a solution to stop snoring, many patients pursue treatment due to the pressing health concerns presented by an OSA diagnosis.
Snoring is caused by the soft palate vibrating against the throat due to the over-relaxation of the tongue and soft tissues while asleep. This can block the airways and limit oxygen flow, causing a disrupted breathing pattern in which individuals repeatedly start and stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. This cycle of interrupted breathing, characterized as obstructive sleep apnea, often leads to daytime symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, headaches, and mood swings, as well as an increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
Fortunately, many of the symptoms of OSA can be vastly improved or eliminated through personalized treatment from an experienced dentist or sleep specialist. Dr. Fawcett provides treatment for snoring and OSA at his Houston practice using the latest techniques that improve upon more traditional, burdensome techniques like the CPAP machine. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP) is a state-of-the-art oral appliance that can prevent excessive relaxation of the soft tissues and clear the airways for steady, normal oxygen flow. This can reduce snoring, as well as inhibit pauses in breath that keep patients from sleeping through the night. With a design that resembles a bite guard, the TAP® device has enabled countless patients to achieve a healthy night’s sleep while proving easy and comfortable to wear. Dr. Fawcett also offers the TAP® Elite, an upgraded version of the TAP® device that includes improved capabilities and enhanced durability. Our Houston dentists can evaluate your unique symptoms to formulate the best treatment plan to address your concerns and restore your physiological wellness.
For more information on snoring treatment, or to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice.