Airway and breathing disorders occur when your airway is obstructed or congested in some way
There can be many reason for these causes including a deviated septum, mouth breathing, misaligned bites or a narrow throat. Please let the team at Trembath Dental know if you are concerned.
WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
A fluttering of the soft tissues located in the back of your throat is what causes a patient to snore. As you fall asleep the muscles in your throat relax and the structures in your throat can partially block your airway. This can cause the tissues of the soft palate and the tonsils to flap with each breath you take. The soft tissues produce vibrations and press against the back of your throat, causing those disruptive noises associated with snoring.
Patients who are overweight or have excess soft tissue structures at the rear of your throat are more likely to snore.
SNORING AND HEALTH RISKS
If you’re a habitual snorer, you may be at risk for developing obstructive sleep apnoea which causes:
- Breathing interruptions: interrupted breathing caused by a blockage of the airway can last anywhere from a couple of seconds to couple of minutes;
- Heart strain: if you’re a long-time sufferer of obstructive sleep apnea, the resultant increase in blood pressure can cause enlargement of the heart, placing you at a higher risk for suffering a heart attack or stroke;
- Poor sleep quality: Spending more time in light sleep (common in those with obstructive sleep apnoea), rather than deep sleep prevents the body and mind from getting well-needed rest. Poor sleep quality can increase drowsiness and fatigue during the day which can interfere with your day-to-day activities.
HOW CAN I REDUCE MY SNORING?
Trembath Dental can assist with snoring prevention with the use of a snore-guard, a small simple device worn at night. A snore-guard is custom made and designed to reposition your lower jaw keeping your airway open while you sleep. This will reduce the fluttering sounds you produce.
TYPES OF SNORE-GUARDS AVAILABLE
Custom-made snore-guards mould to the exact shape of your mouth, offering maximum comfort whilst you sleep. These snore-guards separate the vibrating elements of the mouth and the throat, preventing snoring. There are two different types of snore-guards available:
- Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD): this snore-guard moves the jaw forward which allows for the vibrating elements of the mouth to be separated from the throat;
- Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD): this snore-guard pulls the tongue forward in the mouth, ensuring that a large gap is left between the back of the throat and the tongue.
The Mandibular Advancement Devices are known to provide the best results for majority of patients. However, it all depends on the individual. At Trembath Dental, we will find the snore-guard that works best for you.
For more information on how to reduce snoring or our snore-guards, contact the friendly team today.