A treatment option for a snoring problem could be a snoring appliance
Are you looking for something to help you stop snoring? An oral appliance or snoring device can help to alleviate snoring problems. In some cases it can also help alleviate the symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The device, which is worn over your teeth while you sleep, is designed to keep your jaw in alignment and your airways open.
What causes snoring and sleep apnea?
Snoring can occur when the muscles in the back of your throat relax and restrict your normal breathing. Your tongue can also fall backward and cause your airways to narrow. As you attempt to breath through these narrowed airways, the tissue can begin to vibrate. That’s what causes the snoring noise.
If the obstruction is great, the airway may become completely blocked, causing your breathing to stop for several seconds. This is a condition known as sleep apnea, which can lower your oxygen blood levels, a condition known as hypoxia.
Each time an sleep apnea event occurs, your brain briefly wakes you from sleep so that you can re-open your airways and resume breathing. Because these awakenings are so fleeting, many people don’t realize they have woken up, but the constant awakenings can interrupt your sleep cycles and prevent you from reaching the deeper restorative stages of sleep needed to effectively rejuvenate. The result can be chronic fatigue.
Snoring and mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea can often be treated effectively with an oral appliance or snoring device. In some cases of more severe sleep apnea, where the patient cannot tolerate a CPAP device, an oral appliance can be a treatment option.
It’s important to note that sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life threatening condition. While dental treatment may be an option, we recommend keeping your medical doctor in the loop on all treatment decisions.
How does a snoring device work?
The snoring device is designed to stop your jaw from dropping back while you sleep. It gently holds your jaw forward which, in turn, helps to keep your airways are open and clear.
Adjustable for greater comfort
Today’s snoring devices can be quite comfortable. This is due to design. The appliance comes in two pieces – an upper and a lower appliance.
The two appliances are not locked together, which is what improves patient comfort. The upper and lower jaw appliances are also easy to put in and remove. The snoring device is designed with an adjustable lower jaw advancement to move your lower jaw into a more optimal position for sleep.
Each appliance is adjusted by Dr. Lachman for your particular treatment needs. Snoring devices feel much like a sports mouth guard but thinner.
- only worn while you sleep
- easy to clean and maintain
Are snoring devices effective CPAP alternatives?
Many of our patients who have compared an oral sleep appliance to CPAP, have found it a highly effective treatment. It can easier to adapt to than CPAP, and is easier to pack around when traveling. However, sleep apnea treatment should not be taken lightly. Sleep apnea can be a very dangerous sleep disorder. Without effective treatment, its impacts can be deadly.
The best way to be sure if a snoring device is the best treatment option for your snoring or sleep apnea problem is to team up with Lethbridge dentist Dr. Lachman and your medical doctor.
Both of these health care practitioners have your best health interest in mind and will help you navigate the treatment options to find the one that’s most effective for you.
Learn more about dental treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea
Knowledge is power. If you would like to learn more about how dental treatment can resolve jaw alignment issues to help treat snoring and sleep apnea, please schedule a consultation.