What is a Snoring Device?
These are oral appliances that help treat the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea by opening your airway to improve airflow while you sleep. Your dentist can help determine if an oral device is right for you, and if it is, make sure it is fitted comfortably.
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About Snoring & Sleep Apnea
When you fall into a deep sleep, your tongue, soft palate and throat tissues fall into a relaxed state.
For those who snore, the relaxation of these throat tissues causes the airways to restrict, vibrating and rumbling them as oxygen is forced past.
For those with sleep apnea these tissues over-relax, causing them to collapse into the back of the throat and obstruct your airway. When the flow of oxygen stops, the brain is forced to awaken to resume breathing.
These mini-episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, which prevents you from falling into the deep, restorative sleep necessary to recharge your brain and body.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have sleep apnea:
- Instances where you stop breathing while sleeping
- Gasping for air while sleeping
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Frequent headaches
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Feeling excessive exhaustion during the day
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
If you are diagnosed with snoring or sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend you use an oral appliance for sleep.
These appliances work by moving the lower jaw forward along with the tongue muscles and opening the airway.
This should improve the flow of breath and prevent you from waking up frequently during the night.
Regular visits to your dentist can help you ensure your device is fitting properly so you can wear it comfortably and get a good night's rest.