Snoring doesn’t need to rattle your relationship.
Snoring can be caused by any number of reasons, but the bottom line is that it can drive your loved ones crazy. The good news is that snoring may be the first signal of pending serious medical problems and can be easily and successfully treated with with an oral appliance that is used when sleeping.
What causes snoring? Snoring is the result of an airway blockage due to large tonsils, long soft palate or uvula, excessive fleshy tissues or over relaxed position of the tongue. But those aren’t the symptoms of snoring. Snoring symptoms are the disruptive and often very loud noises that can prevent spouses and sometimes whole families from getting their sleep.
For many spouses and families, the response to snoring is to “just deal with it.” No one should have to settle for that approach. And the solution for snoring often doesn’t require invasive procedures of any kind. Snorers can be fitted with special oral appliances for snoring that look like orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. They are usually made from clear acrylics and all have adjustment features. These snoring appliances dilate or open the airways by repositioning the soft palate and stabilizing the lower jaw, tongue and uvula.
Before you receive your oral appliance for snoring, you will be screened and thoroughly evaluated to assess your specific needs. This screening will include:
- Complete medical/dental examination
- Intraoral exam and evaluation of your head, neck, facial area, teeth and supporting structures
- Upper and lower dental impressions
- Specialized x-rays to assess whether you are a sleep appliance candidate
- Specialized measurement of your throat and nasal airway
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have potential health hazards. Some of warning signs include
- Frequent and loud snoring
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking during the night gasping for breath
- Morning Headaches
- Grinding Teeth
Obstructive sleep apnea can be related to other health issues:
- High blood pressure
- ADHD and behavioral problems in children
- Heart disease – including sudden cardiac death
- Type-2 Diabetes
- Weight Gain/ obesity
- Greater risk of workplace and auto accidents due to drowsiness
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease