Millions of Americans snore, and while many people don’t realize they snore, their partners certainly do. Snoring in and of itself is not a dire medical condition, but it may be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep.
Some people are able to stop snoring by losing weight, avoiding tobacco and limiting alcohol before bed. Others, however, have a problem that needs to be addressed by a medical professional. Dr. Leonard Hess uses a snore guard to help patients stop snoring and get a better night’s sleep.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is a noise caused by vibrations in the airway. During sleep, the muscles in the back of the mouth become relaxed, they can vibrate as air passes over them and in some cases partially obstruct the airway. As airflow becomes more difficult, the snoring becomes louder.
Anyone can snore, but studies indicate that men, older adults and people who are overweight are more likely to snore. Other factors that contribute to snoring are habits such as alcohol use, smoking and use of sedatives.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep breathing disorder. The most noticeable sign of OSA is snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is considered a serious medical condition and can lead to complications including cardiovascular problems, fatigue and complications with medications and surgery.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring Solutions
If lifestyle changes are not possible or make no impact on your snoring or sleep apnea, you may need to seek professional treatment. Dr. Hess offers oral appliance therapy which involves the use of a snore guard to keep the airways open during sleep, preventing you from snoring.
How Does a Snore Guard Work?
- Repositions the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate or uvula
- Stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue
- Increases the muscle tone of the tongue
Wake Up Feeling Refreshed
Snoring affects not just the snorer, but the sleep partner as well. Contact the Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Leonard Hess to find out if a snore guard is right for you.
Call us at 704–240–5045 or schedule a consultation online.