Snoring affects a significant portion of the world’s population, with over 40 percent of people experiencing it. Even if you don’t snore, sleeping next to a snorer can disrupt your sleep. Despite being seen as a minor annoyance, snoring can have severe long-term health consequences, including life-threatening risks.
In this month’s themed newsletter, we aim to increase awareness about snoring, the health risks associated with it, and the available treatments. Snoring occurs when air cannot flow easily through the mouth or nose due to several factors such as alcohol consumption, excess body fat, pregnancy hormones, low muscle tone, nasal congestion, structural differences in the airway, and dental issues.
Dental factors that contribute to snoring include missing teeth, misaligned jaw, teeth grinding, crowded teeth, wisdom teeth, and overly relaxed throat muscles or enlarged tissue. Loud or frequent snoring may indicate a serious disorder called sleep apnea and can lead to various health problems such as decreased blood oxygen levels, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.