Snoring Treatment – Fort Worth, TX
Quiet Nights & Happier Mornings
We all know that iconic sound. More than 90 million Americans snore, which means they as well as those around them are probably not getting the quality sleep they need to feel fully awake and focused the next day. If you or a loved one snore, Mitch Conditt, DDS is able to provide a custom-made solution that is safe, conservative, and can start working immediately. If you’re ready to make snoring a problem of the past, he can help you do it, so contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Why Choose Us for Snoring Treatment?
- Custom-made snoring appliances for every patient
- Snoring appliance is much less expensive than a divorce!
- Untreated snoring leads to a more dangerous condition – Sleep Apnea
What Causes Snoring?
When we lay down to sleep, the muscles in our throat relax, and as air rushes past them as we breathe, this can cause them to vibrate, leading to that snoring sound we all know and love.
Certain lifestyle factors can lead to snoring as well. Smoking increases mucus production in the throat, and drinking alcohol relatively close to bedtime can make the oral muscles over-relax and cause even more snoring than normal.
Obesity can also be a root cause because fatty tissue on the neck can make the airway narrower and lead to more tissue vibration (louder snoring) during sleep.
Why Snoring Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Everyone knows that snoring can make it difficult for others to sleep, but it can also indicate a serious sleep disorder: sleep apnea. Snoring is often a precursor to the condition where a person’s airway, instead of remaining partially blocked, becomes FULLY obstructed, meaning a person isn’t able to breathe. The body usually partially wakes up to restore normal breathing, but this can happen over and over throughout the night, dramatically decreasing a person’s sleep quality. If you or a loved one snore and constantly feel exhausted during the day, you should definitely schedule an appointment with your doctor to make sure it isn’t due to sleep apnea.
Snoring and Second Hand Snoring
Even if snoring does not consciously affect the snorer or their bed partner it does affect your sleep cycle. There are 4 stages of sleep (S1, S2, S3 & REM). We should cycle through these stages 4-6 times per night. A snore (or arousal), even if not consciously detected by the person snoring or bed partner, can cause an interruption in the sleep cycle which starts the process all over again. Constant interruptions can keep us and our bed partner from getting into Stage 3 (deep sleep) or REM sleep. Stage 3 sleep is when the body repairs muscles and tissues, stimulates growth and development, boosts immune function and builds energy for the next day. REM sleep plays an important role in learning and memory function, since this is when your brain consolidates and processes information from the day before so that it can be stored in your long-term memory. So even if you are not concerned about yourself remember your second hand snoring has a great impact on your bed partner.
How We Can Help
Fortunately, Dr. Conditt knows exactly how to help someone stop snoring, and the solution may be easier than you might think. He can have a patient simply wear a custom-made oral appliance to bed, which is similar to a mouthguard. It will move the lower jaw slightly forward, and this will prevent the tissue in the mouth from partially blocking the airway and vibrating. These sleep appliances cannot only lead to quieter nights, but an increase in sleep quality for you and your bed partner as well, plus they can even prevent a person on the cusp of sleep apnea from developing the condition.
Stop Snoring Tonight
To learn more about our snoring solutions and how we can stop this pesky problem the very first night, give us a call today to schedule a consultation. You’ll probably wish you did it sooner!