Dangers of Snoring

Snoring often gets treated as the punchline of a joke, but it can be deadly serious. Snoring has been linked to many serious risks, including:

  • Poor sleep
  • Dozing off while driving
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence

At a minimum, snoring is a sign that you are not breathing properly during sleep. Even though people kept up by your snoring might think you’re sleeping peacefully, you’re really struggling for breath. Because you don’t sleep well at night, you are more likely to doze off while driving and this can put you at an increased risk for serious car accidents.

Snoring also damages your arteries. It creates tiny wounds that heal with scar tissue. This scar tissue increases the accumulation of arterial plaque, and when the plaque builds up, it is more likely to break off and clog narrow arteries–a stroke.

Snorers are also more likely to experience sexual dysfunction and reproductive problems, including pregnancy complications.

Because neither the snorer nor their partner is getting good sleep, even small conflicts in the house can elevate to dangerous levels. Many divorces and cases of domestic violence spring from arguments about snoring.

Maybe. Most snorers have sleep apnea. The louder you snore, the more likely it is that you have sleep apnea. If your snoring keeps others awake, you should get a sleep test.

Not for most people. If you are looking for a home remedy for snoring, try lifestyle modifications (e.g. sleeping on your side, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol at night, etc.). If these don’t work, seek professional care.

How Snoring Treatment Works

The cause of snoring is simple. Think of how water flows through a garden hose. If the hose is open, the water flows smoothly. If you kink the hose a little bit, the flow gets turbulent. You can feel and hear the disruption.

This is what causes snoring. When you have a narrow airway, the flow of air in your nose or throat grows turbulent. This makes your tissue vibrate, which creates the sound of snoring. The secret to treating snoring is opening the airway so you can breathe easily.

Most loud snoring comes from the throat. We use an oral appliance to open up the throat by repositioning the jaw. This lets you breathe freely and quietly.

Effective Snoring Treatment in Coachella Valley

If you or your partner is unhappy with your snoring, we can help. Please call (760) 832-7915 today for an appointment with sleep dentist Dr. Rod Strober at Country Club Dentistry in Rancho Mirage.