Snoring & Sleep Apnea Appliances
Most people, young and old, snore occasionally. Occasional snoring is usually not considered serious and sometimes changes to your lifestyle can help relieve the problem, so you and your family members feel more rested.
A few changes include:
- Sleeping on your side
- Losing weight
- Avoiding alcohol
- Quitting smoking
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring happens when air flow through the mouth and nose is physically obstructed. There are many things that can cause the air flow to be obstructed.
- Nasal and Sinus Issues
Allergies and illnesses can cause an obstruction, which may cause you to snore. A deviated septum, which is when the wall that separates your nasal passages is dislocated, can also cause snoring. Basically, it means that one of your nasal openings is smaller than the other. A deviated septum is usually caused by an injury to the nose or it can be present from birth.
- Mouth Structure
Your mouth structure can affect the way you breathe when you sleep. Men tend to have more narrow air passages than women. People who are overweight may have poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue or bulky throat tissue.
- Smoking, Alcohol & Medication
These can lead to airway obstruction by increasing the muscle relaxation of your throat muscles.
- Sleep Apnea
Habitual snoring can be a warning sign for a serious health condition called Sleep Apnea. Breathing is disrupted during sleep. Left untreated, people with sleep apnea repeatedly stop breathing in their sleep. The brain may not be getting enough oxygen. This disorder is not to be taken lightly, as it can greatly increase your risk for other serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart problems and strokes.
Many people who suffer from the condition also suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and may have acid wear on their teeth due to regurgitated stomach acid during sleep. A well-trained dentist may be the first to notice these signs and ask you questions about your sleep. Qualified dentists play an important role in treatment; however they are not permitted to diagnose the disorder.
Just Snoring or Sleep Apnea?
Regular snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep nearly as much as when a person suffers from sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea usually wake several times a night with a snort or gasp when the airway becomes blocked in order to start breathing again. If you suffer from extreme daytime fatigue, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. Seek medical attention for diagnosis.
Snoring can be controlled using simple oral appliances (mouthpieces) that maintain proper jaw alignment and keep critical airways open.
If you or someone you love has a snoring problem it should be taken seriously. We can help! Please call us at 732-805-0600 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Dr. Netsky can help correct your snoring problem by using the following appliances.