You are not alone. Forty-five percent of adults snore occasionally, 25% are habitual snorers. Some think snoring is just a male affliction, but by the onset of menopause, many women begin to snore.
Dental devices to help stop snoring have been in use since the early 1900s, but it’s only been in the last 20 years that they have been scientifically studied and proven to be effective. An oral dental device just might be the answer to your prayers for peace during the night.
Snoring appliances are worn in the mouth like a sports mouth protector. The appliance prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat so that the airway stays open during sleep. By promoting adequate air flow, the appliance is able to help snorers (and their bed partners) finally get some rest.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatments
Snoring is often an indicator of a serious medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA is a breathing disorder that can cause an individual to stop breathing hundreds of times each night. Not only do these breathing interruptions cause chronic daytime sleepiness, OSA is often associated with serious medical conditions including high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and erectile dysfunction.
Our doctors follow the treatment guidelines of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine which has designated oral appliances as the first line of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. The custom-fabricated oral appliance moves the lower jaw forward, thus opening the airway and reducing snoring.
A breakthrough in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, this new oral appliance allows patients to reclaim quality sleep patterns and avoid some of the co-morbidity factors associated with the disease.