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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Solutions

What is Sleep Apnea?

Does your partner’s snoring keep you awake at night? If so, they are likely suffering from a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, which can interrupt their breathing up to hundreds of times a night. Although there are variations, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form and can have several causes.

OSA usually occurs as a result of the upper airway being blocked during sleep. This may be the result of narrowed nasal passages during periods of illness or from allergies. It may also be caused by genetic factors. Lack of muscle tone can cause the throat and tongue muscles to relax too much, obstructing the airway. Enlarged tonsils or adenoid muscles can also restrict airflow.

In an attempt to increase airflow, your diaphragm and chest muscles are forced to constrict, causing your body to jerk, which may wake the sufferer multiple times during the night.

How to Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Oral appliance therapy has been shown to be effective in preventing snoring. The appliance is a custom mouth guard that is designed to move the lower jaw forward, preventing the soft tissues in the upper respiratory tract from collapsing and obstructing the airway.

The appliance fits comfortably over the teeth and also helps to keep the tongue from collapsing towards the back of the throat.

Can I use a Regular Store-Bought Mouth Guard?

Store-bought mouthguards that are designed for the wearer to “boil and bite” are not ideal for use as a snore guard. Every person is unique and a custom appliance is designed to fit the contours of your mouth with an emphasis on providing adequate support for the upper airway and the tongue.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Before administering oral appliance therapy, we will examine your teeth, soft tissues, jaw joints, and facial muscles to assess if you are a good candidate for this therapy. If the treatment appears to be an effective solution for your sleep apnea, we will put together a comprehensive plan that should significantly improve your condition, providing a good night’s sleep for you and your partner.

Talk with one of our dentists to find out if oral appliance therapy might be a helpful solution for you.