Snoring is a common problem for many people, but 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 is a way to treat chronic snoring.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, it is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, which makes the airway passage smaller.
The reduction in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through. When it does get through the airway passage, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
IN-OFFICE HOME SLEEP STUDIES
We are pleased to provide home sleep studies to our patients through our practice! You will sleep in the comfort of your own home, and return the monitor to us the next morning by 9:00 a.m. We upload that information securely to a sleep physician who will give us a diagnosis. We consult with our patients to share their airway diagnosis and discuss next steps for treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, if appropriate.
What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?
If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night’s sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device 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 devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Our team will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.
Is a MAD comfortable?
The answer is simple — YES! A mandibular advancement device is made to be comfortable, so 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 waking up and removing the device.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.