Anti-Snoring Treatment – The Use of Dental Devices for Treatment of Snoring
Snoring was thought to be merely a nuisance. However, it’s no longer something that you can ignore.
Sleep physicians believe that snoring is a sign that there may be something going wrong within your body.
Snoring is a symptom of a condition known as sleep apnea (OSA), which is a severe condition that may require immediate attention and treatment. Well trained dentists can determine whether or not a snoring problem is an indication of sleep apnea.
Does snoring always indicate sleep apnea?
Snoring doesn’t always mean an obstructive known as sleep apnea. That’s why it’s vital that your dentist determine the difference between the two.
Many people in the US are snoring; in fact approximately half of the US population does snore. Some of these individuals snore significantly and excessive snoring can trigger the problems. Some of these issues may include waking episodes and sleep disturbances.
Regardless of whether or not your snoring is tied to sleep apnea, your dentist may require you to undergo anti-snoring treatment. Anti-snoring treatment involves the use of a dental or oral device that can treat mild to moderate cases of OSA.
With the implementation of modern dental technology, numerous options are now available as a form of anti-snoring treatment. Our Orthodontists at Aloha Dental can help you determine the right oral device that suits your needs. A custom designed dental appliance is designed to safely fit in your mouth.
The mandibular advancement device is one of the anti-snoring treatments used to treat those that sufferer from sleep apnea. The mandibular advancement device is the most commonly used device for this condition. It looks much like a custom sports mouth guard worn by athletes.
With the use of this device, your lower jaw down to a specific position which keeps the airway open. As a result of this jaw position prevention of breathing problems while you sleep is achieved.
Another device commonly used to stop snoring is a tongue-retraining device. This dental appliance has a splint that holds your tongue maintaining it in the right position thus, helping to keep the airway open. These types of dental appliances need periodic adjustments. Patients must regularly visit their dentist to adjust the splint to ensure a proper fit and maximize effectiveness. With time, due to natural wear from use your appliance may need to be remade and replaced.
Why use anti-snoring treatment?
Many patients seek anti-snoring treatment from their dentists. Dentists recommend anti-snoring treatment because the device not only improves their patients’ sleep apnea, but also their oral health.
Anti-snoring treatment can significantly reduce the risk of within moderate cases of sleep apnea. It is a useful treatment used to keep the airflow open for patients who sleep on their stomach or back.
As the anti-snoring treatment improves breathing while sleeping, patients will begin to see improvements in their sleep patterns. It reduces snoring level at a high success rate.
When your partner notices your snoring problem has become significant, it’s best that you consult your dentist and decide on the ideal anti-snoring treatment for your case. Severe chronic snoring should not be ignored because it could be a sign of a serious medical condition. It’s especially true if you always feel tired when you wake up in the morning even after spending long hours of sleep.
Here at Aloha Dental, we offer various anti-snoring treatment options. Visit our dental office today to learn more about an ideal device for your particular needs.