When you think of possible ways to alleviate your snoring issues, visiting your dentist may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the fact is that many dentists do offer snoring treatments to their patients. That’s because often snoring issues arise due to portions of the anatomy that dentists deal with on a regular basis – such as the airway at the back of your throat – and dental technology has produced some effective methods to alleviate that snoring while you sleep. Dr. Williamson understands how important it is for all of us to get a good night’s sleep. That’s why he’s so pleased to offer snoring treatments to his patients from throughout the San Antonio, Texas area.
The Importance of Sleep
Countless studies conducted over the past several years have shown how sleep – or the lack thereof – can affect your overall health. If you’re not sleeping well, it can cause you to be drowsy during the day. That can negatively impact your ability to concentrate on work or school. And lack of sleep can make even the simplest task – like driving, for example – dangerous. Loud snoring doesn’t only affect the person actually doing the snoring; it can also prevent other family members from getting a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, there are some effective and surprisingly simple ways to quiet your snoring.
How Dr. Williamson Can Help
If you snore loudly, Dr. Williamson may recommend wearing a specially made oral appliance at night while you sleep. These devices are custom-made for each patient, and they help to position your jaw in such a manner that your airway is kept open while you sleep. For most patients, these mouthguards offer relief from loud snoring.
If you or a family member experiences severe snoring due to sleep apnea, other measures may need to be taken. Sleep apnea is a condition that results in very loud snoring and periods where the patient actually stops breathing while asleep. People with sleep apnea might require more than a mouthguard. One of the most effective treatments for sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. With this device, the patient wears a mask connected to a tube while they sleep. Throughout the night, the CPAP machine constantly blows a very gentle stream of air into the patient’s airway, keeping it open and eliminating their snoring.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about our snoring treatments, contact our San Antonio, Texas office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Williamson.