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Can Snoring Treatment Improve the Quality of My Sleep?

When habitual snoring becomes loud enough that it disturbs your sleep, or those sleeping near you, it may indicate a more serious condition. Dr. John F. Rink offers snoring treatment at his Charleston, SC, practice for patients concerned that their snoring may be affecting their sleep and overall health. To learn more about how treatment for your snoring can help improve your quality of life, contact our practice today.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring may occur for many reasons. One of the most serious causes is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or when your upper airway is partially or fully blocked during sleep. OSA is often the result of excess tissue, such as a large tongue or tonsils, blocking your airway.

Breathing may stop and start sporadically through the night as the excess tissue covers and uncovers the airway. The lack of sufficient oxygen can wake patients during their sleep, briefly. Once patients are able to breathe properly again, they fall back asleep, at which point the cycle restarts. This process can repeat 5 to 30 times every hour, all night. This condition can disrupt your sleep and leave you drowsy, dry-mouthed, and irritable throughout the day. In serious cases, it can threaten your life.

How Can I Tell if I Have OSA?

A major indicator that you may have OSA is excessive loud snoring while sleeping on your back. This is often very noticeable to those sleeping near you. There are other signs of OSA, including:

  • Severe drowsiness during the day
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Waking up abruptly, and short of breath
  • Dry mouth, sore throat, or chest pain upon waking up
  • Morning headache
  • Mood changes (depression or irritability)
  • Insomnia (difficulty staying or falling asleep)
  • High blood pressure

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. But if you snore loudly or experience any of these signs, contact our team at Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry immediately. 

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Treatment Options

There are many treatment options for snoring and OSA. The most appropriate treatment depends on the severity of your condition, and treatments can range from behavioral therapy to facial surgery.

For milder cases, we may recommend lifestyle changes. Because more than half of people suffering from OSA are overweight, regular exercise and weight loss have proven to be successful. We may suggest that you place pillows at your back, to avoid rolling onto your back at night. We may also recommend that you quit smoking, moderate alcohol intake before bed, or use a nasal decongestant.

If these behavioral treatments are unsuccessful, mechanical therapy is sometimes recommended. Oral appliances worn at night can keep your airway open by forcing the jaw slightly forward. 

Sometimes this is combined with prescription medication for increased effect.Oral surgery is typically the last resort, when all other therapies have failed. A number of surgery options are available:  

  • Surgical removal of obstructive tissue, such as your sinuses or tonsils
  • Jaw surgery
  • Implants to support or stiffen tissue during sleep (suitable for milder cases)
  • Surgical opening in neck (only in severe situations)

Dr. Rink will complete a full examination, and discuss your sleeping patterns with you, to determine which level of treatment will work best for your needs and goals. 

John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

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Dr. Rink emphasizes a patient-centered approach and takes the time to understand your concerns. If sleep apnea is affecting the quality of your sleep and life, and you want to learn more about what snoring treatments are available, schedule an appointment today.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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