Is your snoring getting to you?
Around 80 million people in the U.S. alone are thought to regularly snore, but it’s not just the snorer that suffers. Partners can suffer, too – which almost doubles the number of people who are affected negatively by a snorer.
Snoring interrupts the sleep cycle and can affect relationships, it is often a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It can be the wife snores, the husband snores or even a roommate snores that can be disruptive to the health of those who are disturbed continually by such loud noises.
Here at You First Dental in Airdrie we may have snoring treatment options that help the victim’s airway problems.
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Loud snoring may be a health alert
Your loud snoring may be a wake-up call to you regarding your health. A snoring solution could help to avoid a more serious health issue emerging in the future.
You can help yourself a little bit first. Losing surplus weight can be helpful, as there might be a relationship between your snoring and weight. Fat builds up naturally in your mouth and throat region, so if you are carrying surplus weight, it can restrict your airways.
Smoking or drinking alcohol excessively can also cause your airway muscles to relax while asleep which is then more likely to start you snoring. Smoking or drinking less or not at all may help to reduce your snoring. In other cases, snoring can be caused by a misaligned bite, which affects the airways. This can result from injury, can be passed on genetically, or can be due to crooked and damaged teeth. The ‘bad bite’ or misaligned bite means that the teeth do not mesh together properly.
The aim of dental treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring is to realign the bite to allow for proper breathing at night.
It’s not all bad news as there will be a snoring device available for you
Here at You First Dental in Airdrie we can provide some snoring appliances that can help to relieve the burden for you and your family. Our team can help you select a non invasive snoring mouthpiece that will assist you to get a better night’s sleep.
The first type of snoring device is for those people who suffer from sleep apnea and who experience loud snoring. This is the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) appliance that comprises a mask that is worn throughout the night that forces air into the lungs. CPAP can be an effective device, but some of our patients find it difficult to adjust to.
A more comfortable snoring treatment option is a dental mandibular advancement appliance. This is made of plastic and is worn over the upper and lower teeth. It pushes the jaw forward, which offers more available space in the constricted airway for breathing.
Another popular anti snoring appliance is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP), which is comfortable and adjustable. One of our team at You First Dental in Airdrie can match it to the unique size and shape of your mouth. It’s a snoring mouthpiece designed to stop your airway from collapsing allowing better breathing.
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It’s time for a comfortable night’s sleep!
To learn more about snoring devices or to get started, you can arrange an appointment at You First Dental in Airdrie. We will check your general medical condition and discuss your lifestyle to confirm your snoring problem.
We may be able to recommend a snoring appliance that will relieve both your loud snoring and breathing problems too. The device should help to ensure a comfortable night for both you and your affected family members.