Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Wed, 06/20/2012

Severe snoring is more than just irritating. Snoring can severely disrupt your sleep and the sleep of others in your home, and it may be a sign of sleep apnea. An experienced dentist can provide treatment for snoring and can determine if sleep apnea is the cause.

Oftentimes more than a minor annoyance, snoring can cause:

  • Recurring waking
  • Your partner’s recurring waking
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

At Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles, our dentists use SomnoMed oral appliances to treat snoring. These devices will reposition your jaws, tongue and throat muscles to prevent the airway collapse that can cause snoring.

Our dentists may also suggest several lifestyle changes, if necessary. Reducing alcohol intake before bed and losing weight are often effective ways to reduce snoring.

Snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea, and not everyone who snores has sleep apnea; however, snoring combined with these other symptoms may signal the condition:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Extreme fatigue throughout the day
  • Chronic headaches
  • Gasping or choking while asleep
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep

If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, you should be evaluated for sleep apnea.

If your snoring has become a problem and you would like to learn more about sleep apnea in Wilson, North Carolina, please contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles to schedule a free consultation.