How Dentists Can Alleviate Snoring for Most Patients

More and more research has gone into understanding the causes of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition that leads to sleep loss and loss of breath. One of the signs of sleep apnea is snoring. Though not all people who snore have sleep apnea, and not all people with sleep apnea snore, research indicates that snorers might benefit from being tested for the condition. 

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, then read on to find out how Oracle Family Dental can help. If you don’t have sleep apnea but you, or your partner, are tired of your nighttime noises, then read on to find out how dentistry can solve snoring.

Snoring and Dentistry

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine outlines several treatments for snoring. Once a person is diagnosed with snoring, which involves a home test or sleep lab testing, Oracle Family Dental‘s dentists can examine you and determine the type of oral application that might work best.

Oral Applications

Oral application devices are not as cumbersome as they may sound. Many are similar to mouthguards or retainers. Dentists at Oracle Family Dental will assist you in finding the one that provides the most comfort for you.

Once in place, the device works by keeping a patient’s jawline in a position that allows clear air flow, usually by properly aligning the jaw. It might feel awkward at first, but patients will find their sleep more restful and their energy will increase.

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

As mentioned earlier, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Fortunately, oral applications alleviate snoring for those with sleep apnea and those without. They work because they solve the same problem – opening the airway to clear blockages and lessen stress on the lungs.

When people are overweight, or if they smoke or drink heavily, they snore because soft tissue blocks their airway. People with sinus issues and other health problems might also snore for the same reason. Whatever the cause for soft tissue blocking an airway, an oral appliance will painlessly adjust your jaw to counteract the blockage. Once this is accomplished your lungs won’t have to exert themselves heavily, which means no more wheezing, snorting or gasping for breath. This will be a relief to you and your partner.

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