You may have thought that your dentist can only help keep your teeth and gums in good shape. If you or your partner snores, you may be interested to know that your dentist can also treat that condition so you can get a good night’s rest. Don’t be embarrassed about snoring, nearly 50% of the population snores at some point.
How Your Dentist Can Help
People who snore may be suffering from a condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Your dentist will ask you questions about your snoring and sleep patterns to determine whether this is part of your problem. You may be advised to do a sleep study.
Treatment of snoring often entails the use of a dental or oral device. If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, these dental appliances will help correct the condition. Your dentist will advise you on the safest device for your unique situation.
One of the most popular devices dentists recommend to stop snoring is the mandibular advancement device. Sometimes it is called a mouth guard because it resembles the type used in sporting activities. The device forces the lower jaw down and slightly forward. This position of the jaw helps keep the airway open so that breathing during sleep is normal and unobstructed.
Another useful device dentists recommend is the splint. This device acts as a tongue restraint by holding the tongue in the right position so that the airway is kept open. The splint requires adjustments from time to time.
If you or your partner have snoring issues, contact Dynamic Dental Solutions. We have the answer to your snoring problem. Call us today to schedule your appointment.