Many people consider snoring a common problem, but it can also be a major sign of other complications that can affect your health. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep that the snoring person gets, but also their loved ones, such as spouses, children, and other family members. There is a treatment method for chronic snoring, luckily. Vevera Family Dental can assist you, your family and friends in snoring prevention treatment.
Causes of Snoring
Several factors can cause a person to snore. Snoring is usually caused by the muscles as well as the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and throat relaxing which makes the for a smaller airway passage. The a lack of space makes it harder for each breath to move through the airway, and when it does get through the airway passage, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat causing a vibration which results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Particular sedatives or sleep aides
- Sleep Apnea that is Obstructive (OSA)
The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
The mandibular advancement device (MAD) may be a solution to a good night’s sleep if you snore at night. The MAD is a specially designed dental device to be worn at night as it gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage, which will help you breathe better and as a result, get a quiet and full night’s sleep.
MADs are devices that are usually small, plastic and worn while sleeping to keep the soft tissues in the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway. They accomplish this through lifting your soft palate and/or bringing forward your lower jaw. Some devices also 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! MADs are designed with your comfort in mind, so that you will be able to sleep and not be aware of the device. The device won’t keep from breathing with your mouth open. It can even prevent snoring for patients with allergies or sinus congestion. A slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device may be experienced, however this feeling is only temporary, and will go away after waking up and removing the device.
Learn more about a mandibular advancement device by contacting our practice to scheduling an appointment for a consultation at (321) 236-6606. A better night’s sleep starts here!
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