Snoring is Affecting My Relationship

Is Snoring Driving You and Your Partner Apart?

Does your partner complain that it sounds like a freight train coming through the room at night when you start snoring? It’s not an uncommon complaint for patients with sleep apnea, and if this is the cause of your snoring, there is an effective treatment that will help you both sleep well.

You might be worried about having to deal with a CPAP machine in order to be welcomed back into the bedroom, but that’s not the only solution to this problem. There are several different options available to treat sleep apnea, and Fort Wayne Sleep Solutions can help you learn all about them.

What is the best solution to stop snoring?


If it was that simple, there wouldn’t be seemingly endless products and medications to help you sleep better and snore less. Sleep physicians are one of the most educated people in medicine and for good reason! Sleep and snoring cannot be cured with a one-size-fits-all solution.

When we talk about snoring we have to understand what is causing it. Snoring is caused by vibrations created by air passing over soft tissues inside the nose and mouth. These vibrations cause the soft palate to vibrate, causing vibration of the surrounding structures including the tongue, uvula, pharynx, larynx, trachea, and bronchi. When these structures vibrate, they create noise that sounds of snoring.

When someone snores, they may not be getting the oxygen their body needs. This means that there is a possibility that they are not breathing! Now, that is scary. Because of the blockage of air through the throat and down the airway, the body is put into a state of stress which can have very damaging effects on your overall health!

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How Is Sleep Apnea Related to Snoring?

The most common sleep-related breathing disorder is sleep apnea, which causes you to stop breathing for a short period of time before starting again while you sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea.

This kind of sleep apnea happens when the muscles in your throat intermittently relax and block your airway when you’re sleeping. That causes snoring since the air moving through your partially-obstructed airway causes those tissues at the back of your throat to vibrate and make noise, lots of noise. Of course, if your partner is a light sleeper, that snoring will wake them up and keep them from sleeping well. It also disturbs your sleep since you will typically startle awake when you stop breathing. With neither one of you getting a good night’s sleep, it’s easy to become moody and short-tempered with one another.

Treating Your Snoring

At Fort Wayne Sleep Solutions, the first thing we will do is determine the cause of your snoring. If the cause is sleep apnea, then we’ll work with you to implement effective solutions. You might be wondering why a dentist would be treating a sleep condition, but Dr. Jonathan Hale has years of training in the treatment of sleep apnea using oral appliances.

What’s more, he’s able to treat both adults and children suffering from sleep disorders! He has a passion for this because he understands how life-changing a good night’s sleep can be. He’s also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the only non-profit professional association dedicated to this discipline.

What Is the Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Hale likes to treat sleep apnea using an oral device that improves the airflow during your nighttime breathing cycle. This ensures proper oxygen intake, and the device itself is an FDA-approved alternative for patients suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea. It can also be used in more severe cases when the CPAP machine is intolerable for the patient.

Dr. Hale will work with you to determine what is the best method for treating your specific type of sleep apnea. In no time, both you and your partner will be dreaming the night away and back in each other’s good graces!

Contact our office today to make an appointment for a better night’s sleep!