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How to Stop Snoring

Sleep-Apnea

Does your partner complain that you snore at night? Are you constantly exhausted during the day? If you are a snorer, you know how frustrating it can be. Not only is it disruptive to your own sleep, but it can also be difficult for your partner. Fortunately, however, it is something that can be treated.

Why Does Snoring Occur?

Snoring is the sound that occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe. Snoring can occur when you sleep on your back, side, or stomach. However, it is more likely to occur when you sleep on your back because this position allows gravity to pull the flesh of your throat downward, making it more likely to collapse and vibrate.

What Causes Snoring? 

There are several different factors that can contribute to snoring. For example, being overweight or obese can cause extra tissue around the neck area and worsen snoring. Drinking alcohol before bed can also relax the muscles in your throat and make snoring more likely. Smoking cigarettes can also lead to inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway, making snoring worse.

In some cases, snoring may signify a more serious underlying medical condition such as sleep apnea.

Health Risks of Sleep Apnea 

Snoring itself is not usually a severe medical condition, but it can be a sign of an underlying problem such as sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to several serious health complications, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even death. If you snore loudly regularly or have other sleep apnea symptoms, such as gasping for air during the night, many treatment options are available.

Sleep Apnea Treatment 

If you think you may have sleep apnea, the first step is to see your doctor for a diagnosis.

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask over your nose and mouth while sleeping. The mask is connected to a machine that gently blows air into your throat, keeping your airway open throughout the night.

Another treatment option is oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a custom-made mouthpiece while you sleep. The mouthpiece helps keep your airway open by bringing your lower jaw and tongue forward. In many cases, oral appliance therapy may also help remedy certain TMJ disorders.

Contact Us 

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We can help you get the treatment you need to get a good night's sleep and feel your best during the day. Please visit our website or call us at (425) 332-6279.

How Do I Know If I Snore?
​How Jaw Development Affects Sleep Breathing

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Epigenetic Orthodontics

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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