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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.
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.