Does your partner constantly complain about your snoring? Do you frequently wake feeling unrested? Snoring can be more than just an inconvenience. It can lead to more serious and troubling problems such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, and sleep apnea. Fortunately, Dr. Luminita Markham offers custom oral appliances for patients suffering from snoring and sleep apnea. Read on to find out how a mouth guard from your local general dentist can help improve your quality of sleep.
What Causes Snoring?
Before we discuss remedies for snoring, let’s explore what causes it in the first place. The vibrational sound we know as snoring is the result of obstructed air flow through the mouth and nose. This obstruction can occur for a number of reasons:
- Narrowed nasal passages: Issues with the nose or sinuses can cause snoring. For example, some patients find they only snore when they are sick or suffering from allergies. Additionally, those with nasal polyps or a deviated septum may snore frequently.
- Genetic factors: If a patient has excess tissues around the airway – such as a long uvula or soft palate – it can cause the passageway to narrow, resulting in snoring.
- Lack of muscle tone: Poor muscle tone can cause the throat and tongue muscles to become too relaxed during sleep. When this happens, the muscles can collapse, fall back, and obstruct the airway. This condition is more likely to occur in patients who take sedatives such as sleeping pills, or those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol.
- Enlarged tissues: If you have enlarged tonsils or adenoids, you are more likely to snore. Additionally, patients who are overweight can develop bulky tissues in the throat or around the airway, which can lead to snoring.
How Maidu Dental Can Help
Many people do not realize that a dentist can play a crucial role in snoring prevention. Oftentimes, the first line of defense against snoring is oral appliance therapy. Similar to a sports mouth guard, a custom appliance fits comfortably over the teeth. Dr. Markham can fabricate a mandibular advancement device (MAD) that will gently move the lower jaw forward into a more favorable position, which will prevent the soft tissues from obstructing the airway. Many times, these custom guards can also keep the tongue away from the back of the throat as well.
How to Know if Oral Appliance Therapy is Right for You
Before crafting a custom device for you, Dr. Markham will assess your unique needs during an initial consultation. After examining your teeth, soft tissues, jaw joints, and facial muscles, she will be able to establish whether this treatment will be effective for your situation. She can work closely with your physician, as well, to personalize a comprehensive plan that will help you improve your sleep quality.
Custom vs Store-Bought
There are plenty of pre-made and “boil-and-bite” mouth guard options available. While these can be effective for some patients, they are generally more bulky and cumbersome than a custom snore guard. When you have a custom guard crafted at Maidu Dental, it will be made specifically for your unique oral anatomy. Therefore, it is much more sleek and comfortable than the “one size fits all” options found in stores.
Contact Us Today
Oral appliance therapy is a conservative, simple way to address an aggravating problem. To find out if a custom mouth guard is right for you, schedule a visit with Dr. Markham at our Auburn, CA practice. Call us at (530) 823-8771 or contact us online.