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Snoring is a common condition for many; in fact, it’s estimated that over 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. Chronic snoring can cause a range of problems, especially with a person’s quality of sleep. But snoring doesn’t just affect the sleep for the snorer; it can also affect the sleep of their loved ones and other family members.
Snoring can be caused by a number of reasons. Typically, snoring occurs when your throat and mouth muscles and tissues relax while you sleep; this causes your airway to become smaller. The decreased space in the airway makes it more difficult for each breath to get through the passage; when a breath does make it through, the air moves over the soft tissues in your mouth and throat, causing a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other factors that can lead to snoring include:
Luckily, there are now preventative methods to reduce snoring problems in patients. Our office offers mandibular advancement devices (MAD) to help reduce and prevent snoring, allowing you a better night’s sleep.
Sufferers who go without sleep apnea treatment leave themselves at risk for several serious health conditions. It is important to seek medical help if you experience any of the following sleep apnea symptoms:
The MAD is a specially designed dental device that is worn similarly to a mouthguard and meant to be worn as you sleep. The MAD gently pushes the lower jaw—also known as the mandible—in a forward position. This helps increase the space in your airway as you sleep, allowing you to breathe easier, and sleep better, without snoring.