The American Academy of Otolaryngology estimates that almost half of Americans snore, and 25 percent do so habitually. If you are a snorer, you may think that it can only be stopped with medication or a surgical procedure. However, there is an easy treatment that a dentist at the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI, can provide you. An oral appliance could adjust the positioning of your jaw while you sleep to get rid of disruptive snoring symptoms.
What Causes Snoring?
The sound of snoring is due to vibrations in the back of the throat from soft tissues pulsating against each other as you breathe. While some patients snore so lightly that it isn't much of a bother to anyone, there are others who have significant obstructions in their breathing passageways, a presence which leads to very loud, repetitive, and disruptive sounds. These patients have a condition called sleep apnea, a disorder that causes complete obstructions in the air pathways while sleeping. Occurring intermittently throughout the night, these blockages can prevent you from having a consistent rest cycle, consequently causing feelings of fatigue during the day.
Oral Appliance Treatment
Snoring is a chronic condition that can be corrected with several therapies. Treatment using an oral appliance from our Cambridge, WI, office is one of the most conservative and least invasive solutions available. An oral appliance is a retainer-like device that is worn while sleeping in order to keep the air passageways open and clear for breathing. With an oral appliance, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth will no longer touch and vibrate against each other, thus eliminating the snoring sounds.
Benefits of an Oral Appliance
Some chronic snorers don’t believe that there is an escape from their nighttime symptoms, so they choose to endure it for years. If this sounds like you, consider the benefits of trying an oral appliance. It is a conservatively priced treatment, there’s no need for surgery, and it provides added protection for your teeth (no grinding or clenching). You might even find that wearing an oral appliance will give you more comfort while you’re resting! Just slide it in after brushing at night and nod off, knowing that you won’t be disrupting anyone’s sleep—including your own.
Snore No More
When snoring becomes a disruption to your life and sleeping schedule, it’s time to seek professional help. Call (608) 423-3615 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Bauer at her office in Cambridge, WI!