Although habitual snoring is a common problem and a mild nuisance, persistent snoring may indicate the presence of a more serious health condition.
While the causes for snoring are varied, snoring is generally caused by blocked airways in the nose and mouth. Because there are many different factors that contribute to snoring, the dentist will prescribed a different treatment for each patient. Some patients can manage their snoring by altering their diet, while others may require a sleep study at a local sleep monitoring center to diagnose the reason for the snoring.
Continuous snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea, which is a serious health condition where an individual stops breathing at several points during the night. These disruptions in sleep can lead to significant health problems, including high blood pressure, day time sleepiness, strokes, headaches and TMJ pain, just to name a few. Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed through a sleep study, so our dentists at Richards & Ribitch Dentistry work closely with local physicians to diagnose and treat sleep breathing problems.
The Moses Appliance is an open-anterior oral airway dilator that a sleep apnea sufferer wears in the mouth at night. It supports the lower jaw in order to prevent the tongue from collapsing on the pharynx, frees up more space in the mouth for the tongue, lifts the soft palate of the mouth, and prevents bruxism. In other words, the Moses appliance is a comfortable treatment that allows for increased volume in the mouth and therefore increased airflow.
The TAP 3 oral appliance is specifically designed to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is a comfortable device that is fitted over your teeth and keeps the lower jaw in a forward position while the patient is asleep in order to prevent the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway.
Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep, including habitual snorers and their loved ones. If you suffer from excessive snoring, or know of someone who is a habitual snorer, don’t hesitate to seek help from a dental professional. Visit our contact information page to book an appointment.