Snoring: What’s The Big Deal?

Do you get complaints all the time from your partner or roommate that your snoring is just too loud? Has it become a joke, a well-known bad habit, and something that your loved ones keep nagging you about? If you’re wondering what the big deal is, snoring isn’t just a loud noise you make at night that disturbs others; it can cause much more serious side effects than you may even realize. Keep reading to learn more about snoring, why snoring is so bad, and how to get snoring treatment to improve your quality of life.

Understanding Mouth Breathing

Your nose plays an important role in your life and your overall health. Breathing through your nose is the body’s default way of breathing. When you have an obstruction and are breathing through your mouth, this is your body going into survival mode, and a host of complications can occur that may require snoring treatment. These complications compound over time, after years of breathing through your mouth night after night.

Here is what your nose does:

  • It filters toxins: The hairs inside your nose (cilia), act as a natural filtration system, preventing allergens, dust, and pollen from entering the lungs. With mouth breathing, everything you inhale goes straight to your lungs.
  • It humidifies the air: Your nasal passages moisturize and warm the air you inhale. When the air that comes in is closer to body temperature, it’s easier for your lungs to use.
  • It produces nitric oxide: Breathing through your nose, also called nasal breathing, releases nitric oxide (NO). That nitric oxide helps widen your blood vessels and makes it easier for nutrient-rich oxygenated blood to reach all of your body’s organs and tissues.

Dangers of Mouth Breathing and Snoring

When you breathe through your mouth, you get lower-quality air with more toxins, your throat gets dry, and you do not receive as much rich, oxygenated blood to your system. These issues can cause health complications, including:

  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Weight gain
  • Irritability
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Digestive issues

Snoring Treatment with Advanced Sleep and TMJ Solutions

Snoring isn’t just a bad habit; it is something that is negatively impacting your health. If you are ready to get snoring treatment without the need for a CPAP machine, we can help you.

At Advanced Sleep and TMJ Solutions, Dr. Connor’s background as a nurse motivated her to seek an area of dentistry where she could use her wide variety of skills and clinical experience to serve her community better. She has been collaborating with physicians to treat patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea using oral appliance therapy since 2014.

Dr. Connor has been improving the lives of patients as the owner of Hypnos Inc. in Brookfield, WI. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.

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