- Snoring Prevention
- What Causes Snoring?
- Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea
- Health Benefits of Snoring Prevention Dental Devices
- Other Treatment Options
While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. Discuss snoring with your Dentist today.
It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America 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 familiy members. Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the airway passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through the airway passage it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Oral appliances, also called dental appliances or devices, may be an option for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends dental devices for patients with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea who are not appropriate candidates for CPAP or who have not been helped by it. (CPAP should be used for patients with severe sleep apnea whenever possible.)
Several different dental devices are available. A trained dental professional such as a dentist or orthodontist should fit these devices. The most effective device is the Mandibular Advancement Device. Patients fitted with this devices should have a check-up early on to see if it is working; short-term success usually predicts long-term benefits. It may need to be adjusted or replaced periodically.
Mandibular Advancement Device
This is the most widely used dental device for sleep apnea. It is similar in appearance to a sports mouth guard. MAD forces the lower jaw forward and down slightly, which keeps the airway open.
Medical and Dental Insurance companies will oftentimes provide coverage for sleep apnea dental devices through Beautiful Dentistry, especially if there is a supporting prescription from the medical doctor for sleep apnea.
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Sleep Apnea products and services provided through Beautiful Dentistry can be expensed to a Flexible Spending Account.
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- $500 or less, you can get 6 months same as cash at 0% interest and no fees.
- up to $2000, you qualify for 12 months same as cash at 0% interest and no fees.
- over $2000, you qualify for 18 to 24 months of no interest and no fees financing based on the amount.
Health Benefits of Snoring Prevention Dental Devices
Eliminating or Reducing Symptoms of Snoring
The effects of snoring at night can follow people into the morning. People with sleep apnea will have a night of heavily disturbed sleep, and may even compromise the sleep of their partners. The effects of a poor night’s sleep include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Impaired emotional or mental functioning
Other Treatment Options
Here are some suggestions that might help a person maintain a low-risk sleeping position:
- Sew a small pocket to the back of the pajamas and place a tennis ball or other small ball into it.
- A special pillow that helps to stretch the neck may reduce snoring and improve sleep for people with mild sleep apnea.
- Sleeping in an upright position may improve oxygen levels in overweight people with sleep apnea. Elevating the head of the bed may help.
All patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are overweight should attempt a weight-reducing program. Weight loss certainly reduces snoring and apnea/hypopnea episodes in many people, sometimes stopping it completely. It also improves sleep and significantly reduces daytime sleepiness.
Cessation of Smoking & Alcohol, and Avoiding Certain Drugs
- Smokers should quit, since smoking worsens apnea
- Alcohol should be avoided within 4 hours of sleep
- Avoid sedatives and sleeping medications