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Snoring Solutions For A Better Night’s Sleep

You’ve had a long day dealing with issues at work, problems with your kids, and a minor mishap while making dinner.

You just want to sleep.

And then it happens. Your spouse starts snoring … and it doesn’t seem to stop.

You roll over and give your spouse a push. That stops the problem — temporarily.

Before you can drift off, that sound starts again. It stops sometimes, but that’s a problem for another reason because your spouse also stops breathing.

Now, you can’t sleep because of the snoring, and when the snoring stops, you stay awake because you are worried that the person who shares your bed isn’t breathing right.

What can you do? You can call (540) 369-4926 or contact us online to make an appointment at our Fredericksburg, VA dentist office.

Drs. Lloyd Moss Jr. and Lloyd Moss III may have a snoring solution for you and your spouse. He or she could snore less and breathe easier … and you can get the restful sleep that you need to tackle tomorrow.

 

Finding The Right Snoring Solution For Your Spouse

Most people snore from time to time. So how do you know if your spouse’s snoring something more serious?

Snoring occurs when air passes through a narrow airway and vibrates the nearby soft tissues. If your loved one is snoring constantly and persistently, there is likely a physical issue affecting their restricting their airways.

If their snoring is accompanied by the kinds of breathing stoppages we described above, it’s also possible that your husband or wife is suffering from sleep apnea. This is a sleep disorder that prevents your spouse from getting healthy sleep.

Someone with mild sleep apnea could stop breathing a dozen times every hour. Depending on how long they “sleep”, that could mean 100 stoppages or more each night. For people with moderate or severe sleep apnea, those stoppages can occur hundreds of times every night.

For you, the noise disrupts your sleep, and the breathing stoppage may cause you to worry (also making it harder to sleep).

You may notice a pattern if you are awake long enough. Your spouse drifts off, starts snoring, stops breathing, seems to wake up momentarily, drifts off again, and the snoring starts all over.

Each time your spouse stops breathing, his or her body wakes him or her up. This means he or she remains in the stages of light sleep. Without deep sleep, he or she can experience sleep deprivation.

Some symptoms of this include feeling daytime sleepiness, waking up with headaches, having trouble staying focused on a task or chore, and becoming irritated easily.

 

Is Any Of This Sounding Familiar?

If what we have written so far reminds you of what you deal with regularly, please contact us today. Set up a consultation to talk to one of our doctors to discuss your spouse’s symptoms.

Sleep apnea is not something you should take lightly. People with sleep apnea are more likely to be involved in car accidents. They are more likely to have cardiovascular and heart disease, too, and they have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

If sleep apnea seems like a possibility, we work with sleep physicians in our area. We can help you set up a sleep test.

And if your spouse’s sleep apnea is confirmed, we can help with their treatment.

 

A Dental Solution For Snoring

The way we can help is by making a special, custom-fitted mouthguard for your spouse to wear while he or she sleeps.

These devices help to keep your spouse’s airway open. This allows him or her to continue breathing after they fall asleep. That means they can sleep longer (meaning they are more likely to reach the stages of deep sleep). This also can reduce the volume and frequency of their snoring, so you can sleep better, too.

These devices can work in multiple ways. Some devices shift the position of the jaw, and others hold the tongue in place. By working with you and your sleep physician, we can design a device that will help you and your spouse wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.

To learn more about how we can help, contact us online or call (540) 369-4926 to make an appointment with either of our dentists.