While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It is estimated that more than 90 million people in North America snore while sleeping. This 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, Dr. Nugent can help you eliminate chronic snoring.
WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
Snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through. Then when air does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound.
Snoring, OSA and your Health
Other factors that can cause snoring:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
If you snore at night, then an oral appliance may represent a solution for a better night’s sleep! The dentist made appliance gently moves the mandible (lower jaw) into a more forward position. This helps eliminate snoring by increasing the space between the airway passage and your soft tissue.
Is a dental appliance for snoring comfortable?
The answer is simple — Yes! A professional dental appliance made by Dr. Nugent is custom molded to your mouth. The first week takes some getting used to because sleeping with something in your mouth is new. You can experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary, and will go away after you wake up and remove the device. However, in no time you will be sleeping with it and not even notice you are wearing it. The appliance does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth.
To learn more about how Dr. Nugent can help with your snoring, contact our sleep practice at 832-487-0647 and schedule an appointment and consultation.