Here are some of the most frequently asked questions related to snoring:
Q: Is snoring normal?
A: Most people snore to an extent, but snoring could indicate more serious problems. Chronic snoring can be loud, bothersome, and should be diagnosed.
Q: Do men snore more than women?
A: It’s inaccurate to say this, as snoring affects both men and women. Every patient should be evaluated according to the condition of their airways, and if snoring is an issue that affects the quality of their sleep.
Q: Is it normal that my child snores?
A: No. Snoring among children is sometimes associated to breathing issues, and even performance issues in school. Consult a dentist for an examination.
Q: Is snoring dangerous to health?
A: It can be a nuisance, but should be taken seriously as there are many reasons why snoring-related issues could become a more serious problem.
Q: Why do some people snore more loudly than others?
A: This is largely due to differences in a person’s mouth and nasal structure.
Q: Should I still treatment if I snore, but do not have sleep apnoea?
A: Even primary snoring has shown links to carotid artery atherosclerosis – a leading cause of stroke. An examination can determine whether you should seek treatement.
Q: What can NightLase do for me?
A: NightLase is a simple, comfortable, and minimally invasive way to lessen a person’s snoring, or any effects of sleep apnoea.
Q: Is oral appliance therapy effective for snoring?
A: Yes. Oral appliances can help with the positioning of your mouth structure, to prevent issues that lead to snoring.
Q: Will it help my snoring if I stop smoking?
A: Yes. Smoking can lead to congestion in your throat tissues.
Q: Will it help my snoring if I stop drinking?
A: Yes. Alcohol consumption can lead to increased snoring.
Q: How can I help any mild to occasional snoring?
A: Consult your dentist to see how you can manage snoring with better sleeping habits, such as sleeping on your side instead of your back, avoiding eating or drinking alcohol before bedtime, and adopting a healthier lifestyle through exercise.
Q: Should I consider surgery for snoring?
A: For a vast majority of cases, the answer is no. Consider your options for treatment before exploring the need for surgery.
For more information about snoring, visit these resources:
Re-awakening Australia, The economic cost of sleep disorders in Australia, 2010 (http://www.dentalcarextra.com.au/files/deloitte-au-economics-reawakening-australia-sleep-disorders-220517.pdf)
NightLase – A New Laser Treatment Method for the Reduction of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea – A Pilot Study (http://www.dentalcarextra.com.au/files/nightlasetm-a-new-laser-treatment-method-for-the-reduction-of-snoring-and-sleep-apnea-a-pilot-study.pdf)
NightLase Procedure – Laser Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Reduction Treatment (http://www.dentalcarextra.com.au/files/nightlase-procedure-laser-snoring-and-sleep-apnea-reduction-treatment.pdf)
Er:YAG Laser Treatment of Sleep-Disordered Breathing (http://www.dentalcarextra.com.au/files/eryag-laser-treatment-of-sleep-disordered-breathing.pdf)
Nonsurgical Minimally Invasive Er:YAG Laser Snoring Treatment (http://www.dentalcarextra.com.au/files/nonsurgical-minimally-invasive-eryag-laser-snoring-treatment.pdf)