Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common problem for many people; it is estimated that it affects 30% of people over age 30. Snoring not only affects the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring!
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles of the throat, which the throat to close during sleep impinging on air movement. This causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in the muscles.
- Obstruction in the nasal passageway.
- Sleeping on one’s back, which may result in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth.
What is the treatment for snoring?
There are several options for treatment of snoring. Depending on the degree of obstruction and cause of snoring will determine the treatment that is right for you. Through your physician several options are available which include medication, a CPAP machine or even surgery. Here at Blue Valley Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, depending on the your case, we may be able to treat you with a snore appliance. These appliances are often much less invasive, more cost-effective and more comfortable to wear while you sleep. The snore appliances move your lower jaw forward, effectively increasing the air space and helping you breathe so you can get a full, quiet night of sleep!
How do I find out if a snoring appliance is the right treatment for me?
The first step is to set up a consult and examination with our office. Here we can determine specifically what your needs are and if a snoring appliance is right for you. Click here to Contact us or Call 913.338.3443.