Sleep apnea and sleep disorders are a new field in dentistry. I've had some limited and some success with making appliances for people. It depends. There are people that have a lot of extra soft tissue so then when they lie down, their tissue closes off their airway and they don't breathe so well. There are other people that just snore because they've got a long soft tissue that's hanging down in the back and sticking to their tongue or something like that. On the other hand, there are people that absolutely are killing themselves because they're not breathing at all and they stop breathing in the middle of the night and that's called sleep apnea. If you have too many of those episodes, you're really going to be a cranky person and not very comfortable.
What we can do with some of these folks is make an appliance, in the orthodontic office at any rate, that'll move your jaw forward a little bit and give you a little bit better airway. Now, is it a cure all for everything? No. Some people need to have sleep interventions things and CPAPS that you've probably heard about where they force air in so that your mouth stays open and so forth, but there are quite a few people that can benefit some way with an appliance. Some of the appliances are very similar to a mouth guard, except it's an upper mouth guard and a lower mouth guard hooked together with little propulsive wads or something like that. Other kinds have rubber bands that work to them, and some of them are a solid unit that you can actually ratchet forward and adjust it as the person moves.
The problem with some of them, though, is if they're not designed right, you can actually move teeth with them. Now you wind up being able to breathe better but then you look weird, so you have to be careful of who's putting it in you and how it's put together. You want to go to somebody like an orthodontist that can go and handle it correctly for you.
Do you or your bed partner snore loudly night after night? Are you losing sleep due to the severity of your partner’s snoring? We can help. Our office offers a simple snoring solution. Let’s talk about what causes loud, incessant snoring and how our team can help you and your bed partner sleep better.
But Snoring Is Normal, Right?
Most people are familiar with a family member who is known for snoring loudly. Maybe it is your husband on Sunday afternoon, or your grandfather after Thanksgiving dinner. Loud snoring is a common affliction. However, snoring can be a sign of sleep disorders. These sleep disorders can severely affect your ability to sleep well and potentially your overall health. If you are interested in learning about how snoring and sleep apnea are linked, please visit the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s website.
Snoring is a sound that is caused by the vibration of the soft tissue of your upper airway. While snoring is very common in men, women can also experience it. In fact, pregnancy and menopause can increase the likelihood of snoring in women. Other factors that can contribute to snoring are obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking, and nasal obstruction. Snoring is a very common problem, but it can truly affect the quality of your sleep and that of your bed partner. Our team can help treat your snoring and help you and your bed partner sleep more peacefully.
How We Can Help
If you need help with your snoring problem, our team can help. We can offer an oral appliance that will ease or even eliminate your snoring. These appliances are worn during sleep. Your oral appliance will fit similarly to an athletic mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer and can be the solution to your snoring problem. The snoring device holds your jaw in a manner that helps to keep your air passages open and clear of an obstruction. This allows air to flow freely through your passages and eliminates the vibration of surrounding tissue. Our snoring devices can help you get the rest you deserve, call (561) 391-6415 to learn more.
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