A trip down the aisle in your local drugstore or a quick online search reveals all manner of products claiming to be the solution to snoring. You'll find over-the-counter medications and supplements, headgear, nasal strips, and even chinstraps. With all these products available, snoring solutions should be easy to come by, easily solving the problem so that no one has an issue with snoring. Of course, we know that not to be true as many people still struggle with snoring. There are mouthguards, mouth pieces, and dental appliances that can help stop snoring and even surgeries to help reduce snoring and yet it remains an issue for many people and their sleep partners.
The problem is that snoring can be dangerous, even life-threatening. Did you know that Dr. Bierman and Dr. Ma, as well as other healthcare professionals can help? Our office can help you determine if your snoring is signaling a bigger health risk like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a life-threatening condition in which the airway is blocked by internal tissues and breathing is stopped briefly. The condition is often noticed by your sleep partner who observes snoring, then silence, followed by coughing or snorting as you are awakened by the obstruction. If you suspect your snoring is part of a bigger problem our dentists will recommend a sleep study so that you can be properly diagnosed.
Video: Sleep Apnea
Once diagnosed, our dentists may recommend CPAP (for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) treatment in which a mask is worn during sleep to keep the airway open and unobstructed. This treatment, while effective, is also often difficult to use. Also available is a custom oral appliance which keeps the jaw and tongue in the proper position and the airway open during sleep to alleviate the apneas from occurring.