When you think about snoring and sleep apnea, you might not consider going to your dentist for treatment, however, one of the most effective solutions to snoring is an anti-snoring mouth guard. Your dentist is the best person to go to for this because they can create an exact fit for your guard, leading to better, quieter sleep for you and your partner!
Who Should Consider a Snore Guard?
Lots of people snore on occasion. It can be brought on by drinking, a case of sinusitis, or certain sleeping positions like laying on your back. But if your snoring is constant, waking you up several times a night, then you could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep condition that causes a collapse of the soft tissue in the back of the throat, causing a breathing obstruction. This is what causes the vibrations that create snoring. If your snoring is mild to moderate, a snore guard can be an effective option for you.
Some people have trouble diagnosing their sleep apnea because they aren’t aware of their snoring! However, snoring at night can also lead to daytime drowsiness, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and headaches. If you experience these symptoms, it is important to talk with your doctor or dentist to determine if sleep apnea could be to blame. Take the Interactive Sleep Apnea Survey and send it to Dr. Zwier to find out if you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
How Does a Snore Guard Work?
A snore guard fits over your top and bottom teeth at night to bring your lower jaw forward. With the lower jaw forward, your tongue is naturally pulled forward as well, opening your airway and greatly reducing snoring. Dr. Zwier will take an impression of your teeth to get an exact fit for your snore guard to ensure your as comfortable as possible while wearing it.
Constant snoring can have some serious side effects on your health, performance, and relationships! You can help put an end to your snoring by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Zwier to discuss your concerns and get fitted for your snore guard. Contact our office today to learn more or to make an appointment.