According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring is a very common problem that affects nearly one out of three Americans. If you are someone who snores throughout the night, it may be a sign that you have other problems that could be affecting your health. Not only is snoring bad for you, but it can also affect those around you. It can be incredibly difficult to sleep when you are in close proximity with anyone who snores loudly. If you have a snoring problem, you are not out of hope. There are a variety of different options that you can consider to stop snoring. It is the goal of our office to help you determine which is the best treatment for you.
Why Do I Snore?
There are many different reasons for why people snore. Most commonly, it is associated with the muscles and tissues in your throat and the way they relax during breathing. If the muscles and tissues expand too much, breathing becomes more difficult through the airway in your throat. As this happens, the air passes over the tissues in your mouth and throat which results in a vibration that causes the sound of snoring.
While there are a variety of factors that may cause snoring, there are also other health concerns you should consider as well. Some other causes that result in snoring include:
- Consumption of alcohol or narcotics
- The use of sedatives or sleep aides
- Excess body weight or obesity
- Sleep apnea conditions
How Can A Mandibular Advancement Device Help Me?
A mandibular advancement device (MAD) may be the solution you are looking for to cure your snoring issues. The great news is that the MAD is easy to use and can have wonderful results.
Before you go to bed each night, you will put the MAD in your mouth. This will then keep your mandible, or lower jaw, in a position that allows for better airflow. Because this process is gentle, you shouldn’t have any concerns about your ability to sleep at night with the MAD in your mouth. Instead, you will be able to get a more restful night’s sleep, while also being quiet and not disrupting those around you.
The MAD works by preventing the soft tissue in your throat from obstructing the airway. To achieve this affect, the device will move your lower jaw forward and, in turn, will keep your windpipe clear. Our office can fit a MAD that is specific to you to ensure a comfortable fit in your mouth.
Is The MAD Comfortable?
After we fit you for a MAD, you will likely forget that it’s there to begin with. We have the expertise to outfit you with the MAD that feels comfortable and resolves the issues that you are having. We have heard that some patients experience a bit of time getting used to the MAD, which results in jaw stiffness in the morning, but it’s something that quickly goes away and your body adjusts to after only a few days.
If you are experiencing snoring issues that are affecting your life or the life of someone you love, come and see what we can do to help you. We know that you want a better night’s sleep and we strive to help you achieve that goal.