In patients experiencing mild to moderate sleep apnea, a variety of snoring devices can be worn to open air passages during sleep by repositioning the tongue or jaw muscles.
What causes snoring?
Depending on the patient, there are a few different possible causes that could be to blame for snoring. A weak palate, an enlarged tongue, a deviated septum, nasal congestion, a semi collapse of the pharyngeal airway, and enlarged tonsils are all potential culprits. Your dentist can help determine the root cause of disruptive snoring and recommend a device to help you and your partner get a great night’s sleep again.
Snoring device options
The most commonly used anti-snoring device that your dentist may recommend is called a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD.) MADs are custom made and fitted for the individual patient. They work by pushing the tongue and lower jaw forward to create more space and allow for better airflow. By helping to suppress snoring and improve airflow, these devices are able to help the user get a great night’s sleep. This also lessens the likelihood of sleep apnea, and a restful night’s sleep improves numerous functions for the patient like less stress and better concentration throughout the day.