Have you ever been shook awake by your partner because you were snoring too loudly? Maybe you woke yourself up out of a night’s rest. Perhaps you don’t even know what it feels like to have a restful night of sleep anymore, because you are constantly being woken up by snoring related reasons. Did you know that snoring could be tied to your dental health and your oral hygiene?
Snoring is a common condition that could affect anyone, including young children and the elderly. Reasons could be related to an obstructed air flow, nasal issues, throat problems, or affected glands in your mouth. Regardless, snoring can be irritating to both yourself and your loved ones so let’s look at dental related reasons why you may be snoring.
If you do not have your wisdom teeth removed, you may have impacted or partially emerged wisdom teeth that are growing in sideways in the back of your jaw. Because of this, your gums may become inflamed, which is called pericoronitis. Most wisdom teeth that have not been removed are uncomfortable because your jaw does not have the room to house them. This is a common reason for you to be snoring while living with wisdom teeth.
Those with wisdom teeth tend to experience discomfort in their mouth. Because of this, your gums become inflamed and you naturally open your mouth as you’re sleeping. While breathing with an open mouth, this can cause snoring, while you are living with your wisdom teeth.
Sometimes the joints of your mouth may not be aligned, which can cause a slight discomfort. This is called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). When this jaw is not aligned, there is a misalignment of the teeth. Those who live with TMD will clench their jaw or grind their teeth at night, which can cause a migraine or headache. This makes sleeping very uncomfortable. This condition makes it difficult for the jaw to relax so while the jaw is opened throughout the night, the tongue falls back towards the throat, creating an obstruction.
While there is an obstruction near the throat, this can cause snoring, which is how this condition is one of the culprits of snoring.
Obstructions to the mouth or throat are nothing to play around with. These can cause serious conditions, other than snoring. For one, you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea which you stop breathing for a few seconds and then wake up in a sudden jerk. This is a scary condition and needs immediate medical attention.
If you suffer from other sleep apneas, there is treatment for that as well, especially in the Carolinas Dental Sleep Center.
Snoring can be a serious condition, much more than just a simple nuisance waking up you and your loved ones. Come to the Carolinas Dental Sleep Center today and talk to your dentist about ways to reduce snoring and see if there is a deeper issue that needs to be addressed. We can help with that.