Snoring and Dentistry

Snoring – is it a Dental Problem?

30 million American adults snore on a regular basis. Snoring occurs when the throat muscles relax, causing the soft tissue in the back of the mouth and throat to vibrate. The condition ranges from mild, ”nuisance snoring,” to sleep apnea when people actually stop breathing for a short period of time as a result of the airway being totally blocked. Sleep apnea can be a dangerous condition. Read more…

There are a number of oral appliances to manage snoring that can be used as part of a snoring therapy. Some appliances hold the tongue forward to open up the air passage. Mandibular repositioning appliances reposition the lower jaw (mandible) forward during sleep. For those that suffer from nasal passage blocking due to a build-up of mucous or swelling, nasal sprays may work. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system delivers air through a mask during sleep and is used for severe sleep apnea cases. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

If you experience symptoms associated with snoring or sleep apnea, (or are a victim of a snoring partner), talk to your dentist to determine your best options. If you suffer from minor or infrequent snoring, see below to see if you can eliminate snoring.

  • Lose weight
  • Balance your hormones
  • Quit smoking
  • Get treatment for allergies if you have them
  • Limit alcohol and sedatives
  • Sleep on your side instead of your back