Snoring isn’t just an annoyance to your bed partner or other family members, it is a health issue. Dr. Hakim of Windsor / Kingsville can help by examining the mouth, jaw, soft palate and other areas which can be the culprits causing snoring.
Some causes of snoring may include:
- Misaligned jaw
- Excessive tissue in the throat and air passages
- Obstructed nasal passages
- Closure of air passages due to muscular difficulties
There are several solutions that can be implemented to help you with snoring. Dr. Hakim will assess you and discuss the best options for your problem. The most frequently applied solution is a dental device that must be professionally fitted. This device re-aligns the jaw slightly to allow more adequate airflow during breathing.
More serious cases of snoring may result in the use of a CPAP machine. The device provides Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) which gently pushes air through the breathing passages.
Snoring, however, may only be a symptom of a more serious problem. If snoring is caused by more serious malformations within the breathing passages, surgery may be another option. Surgery is a last resort and is usually required due to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). This disorder can also be related to another serious problem called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is the result of interrupted breathing during sleep. Both of these conditions can lead to more serious health issues.
Some symptoms of these disorders may include:
- Clicking or popping in the joint of the jaw during movement
- Severe headache
- Weakness during biting or chewing
- Aches or pain in the neck, face or jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
If you have suffered any of these symptoms, Dr. Hakim may be able to help by assessing the health of your jaw, facial muscles and air passages at his Windsor or Kingsville office.
Getting help with your snoring problem won’t just help you improve the quality of your nights; it may also improve the quality of your days.