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Snoring: How a Dentist Can Help You Catch some Z’s

The National Sleep Foundation of the United States found that between 30%-50% of the population snore throughout their lifetime. While we are the US, we at Haberfield Dental Practice guess it’s likely the same for Australians, albeit we might snore with a different accent.

What is Snoring?

Snoring occurs when the tissues of the nose and throat vibrate as air (attempts) to pass through them as you breathe. This creates a hoarse, sometimes harsh groaning sound from you or your loved (or unloved) ones.

Keep in mind, excessive snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, so it’s important to get it checked out if you think it might be an issue for you.

How a dentist can help:

Next time you’re at the dentist, ask about yourself or your loved one’s snoring! Haberfield Dental Practitioners can provide recommendations to help ease snoring. This might involve simple lifestyle change, to using an oral appliance.

Lifestyle Changes:

Your dentist might suggest you:

  • Lose weight
  • Not consume alcohol at night
  • Avoid sleeping on your back
  • Eliminate or reduce the use of sedatives

Oral device:

We might suggest the need for an oral appliance to reduce mild to moderate snoring or sleep apnea. These devices gently, but effectively reposition your jaw and stabilizes your tongue to promote proper airflow during sleep.

Advantages:

  • Noninvasive: The process does not necessitate the need for surgery as fitting and following-up are quite simple.
  • Ease of use: Some patients prefer using oral appliances for their sleep apnea because they are comfortable to wear. Also, it does not take them too long to get used to sleeping with the device in their mouth
  • Small and portable: this equipment makes travelling with your sleep apnea treatment easy. Unlike the CPAP, these oral devices are small enough to fit in a carry-on bag or a purse.
  • High success rate: Oral appliance therapy has a high success rate as the users do not have to worry about issues such as stuffy nose, rash around the mask area or dryness. All of these problems are avoided when they use oral appliance therapy.
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