Almost fifty percent of people snore at night. Most of the time snoring isn’t a major cause for concern however it can be a symptom of sleep apnea. Even if snoring doesn’t affect your sleep quality it maybe bothersome to your partner which is why a dental appliance may be ideal for you. Irvine Dental can treat both sleep apnea and snoring with a dental appliance to help their Irvine, CA patients get a better night’s sleep.
People snore when the tissues within the throat and nasal passages vibrate as you breathe. Our muscles naturally relax while we sleep, including the throat, which can cause the airway to become narrow and lead to snoring. The tongue can also obstruct your breathing by relaxing into the back of your mouth. There are several contributing factors that can make snoring worse, such as alcohol consumption, sleep position, and what stage of sleep you are in. Most people don’t realize they snore until someone in the household informs them.
How a Dental Appliance Can Help
An oral appliance is similar to a mouth guard that you wear at night while you sleep. The appliance is custom fitted to each patient to ensure comfort and efficiency. It works by pulling the bottom jaw forward and keeping the tongue positioned away from the throat to keep the airways open while you sleep. Since the appliance is small and comfortable, it is a better option for those who snore than sleep machines and masks that can make it more difficult to get the rest you need.
More Restful Sleep
Snoring can mean you are not getting enough oxygen at night, which can lead to headaches and excessive daytime fatigue. It can also cause your loved ones to have interrupted and less restful sleep. If you have been told you snore, or would like more information on how a dental appliance can help you sleep better at night please do not hesitate to contact our office today!