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 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which 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, there are Snoring Prevention Options now and there are ways to treat chronic snoring and Snoring Prevention. Dr. Vulkah and the team at Montvale Dental Group can help those people who have snoring issues or the loved ones of those who have snoring issues too.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, 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, and when it 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 occurs when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This obstruction causes turbulent air flow which produces vibrations of the soft tissue. Snoring is the sound generated from this vibration.Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
45% of adults snore at least occasionally, and 25% are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in men or those who are overweight, and it often worsens with age. Nasal allergies, heartburn and other factors can also contribute to problem snoring.
Snoring can cause embarrassment and disrupt the sleep of loved ones. It can place immense strain on relationships while driving spouses to sleep separately from their partner. But snoring is also a medical issue, disrupting sleep patterns and depriving the snorer of appropriate rest.
In addition to the noise and discomfort of snoring, problem snorers and their sleep partners may also experience:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Sore throat
- Relationship problems
- Restless sleep
- Trouble concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Gasping or choking during sleep
What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?
If you snore at night, then a custom fit snoring/sleep apnea device may represent a solution and a better night’s sleep! A custom snoring prevention and sleep apnea device is a specially designed dental device for each patient that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping you breathe better so you can get a full, quiet night’s sleep.
Some custom devices may also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Dr. Vulakh will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.
Is a Sleep Apnea/ Snoring Prevention Device comfortable?
The answer is simple — YES! A custom designed snoring device is made to be comfortable, so that you can sleep without even noticing you’re wearing it. It does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and will even eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. You may 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.
To learn more about Snoring and Different Snoring Treatment Options, Please contact us at Montvale Dental Group at 201-391-3060 to Schedule an appointment today in our Montvale NJ office located at 221 W Grand Ave,#100, Montvale, NJ 07645. 221 W Grand Ave,#100
Montvale, NJ 07645
Montvale, NJ 07645