More than 80 million people in North America are estimated to 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. Beyond sleep issues, however, snoring can also be a sign of other major health complications.
Snoring prevention in Canandaigua, NY
Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.
What causes snoring?
Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller. This makes it harder for each breath to get through, so when it finally does move over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat, it causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound.
Other causes of snoring may include:
- Alcohol consumption
- Excess body weight
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
What is a mandibular advancement device?
If you’re a snorer, then you might get a better night’s sleep by using a mandibular advancement device (MAD), which is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position. This increases the space between the airway passage and helps you breathe better so you can get a full — and quiet — night’s sleep.
A MAD can also eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. Other snoring treatments also include devices that stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your dentist will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.
Is a MAD comfortable?
The answer is simple — YES! Since the purpose of the MAD is to help you sleep better, it’s designed to be so comfortable that you don’t even notice you’re wearing it. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing it, but this feeling is only temporary and will go away after you wake up and remove the device.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.
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ensures you experience a positive dental visit every time.
As your Canandaigua dentist, our caring dental team ensures you experience a positive dental visit every time.
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