Snoring is a very common problem which not only affects the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. Not only does snoring affect sleep quality, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.
Why Do I Snore?
Snoring is typically caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Snoring can be caused or made worse by:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?
Your dentist can help solve your snoring problem with a mandibular advancement device (MAD). The MAD is a dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping you breathe better so you can get a full, quiet night's sleep.
Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your dentist will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.
Is a MAD comfortable?
The MAD is designed for comfort, so that you can sleep without even noticing you're wearing it. It does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and is even appropriate and effective for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary, and will go away after you wake up and remove the device.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.