Arthur Street Dental | Coffs Harbour, NSW

Snoring Solutions

December 19, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Justin Ward
Woman Plugging Ears | Dentist Coffs Harbour

I meet a lot of people who are concerned about their snoring and the impact it is having on their health and even their relationship. Especially people who have sleep apnoea. And I’m happy to tell them there are some simple dental solutions that don’t require facemasks and noisy machines. Snoring is mostly caused by the soft palate relaxing and closing off the airways while you’re sleeping. The simplest snoring solution is a dental device that moves your lower jaw forward while you sleep, preventing your soft palate from collapsing and keeping your airways open.

The easy snoring solution

The dental snoring solution you can have made is a lot like wearing a top and bottom mouth guard. As well as holding your jaw in a slightly more forward position to stop airway obstruction, it also eliminates tooth grinding, so it’s a double-duty device that can protect your tooth enamel as well as help you get a good night’s sleep.

It’s a very simple and not very intrusive process. We make a mould of your bite registration and then we’re all set to make you your very own anti-snoring device. Within two weeks, you and your partner can be sleeping like babies again (provided you don’t have any babies in the house).

The next step in snoring solutions

I haven’t had a patient it hasn’t worked on. And they certainly appreciate that it is a discreet snoring solution and doesn’t require them to be hooked up to a bulky, noisy machine, which restricts their movement and can wake them more than their own snoring.

For regular snoring, this dental device is usually the first step and can eliminate the need for a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which is pretty uncomfortable and in some cases just as noisy as snoring. Some people with sleep apnoea can’t tolerate the CPAP machine at all and their partners find it just as difficult to sleep beside as someone snoring.

Do it for your partner!

If snoring is a problem for you, or your partner is complaining about your snoring or has to move to another room to get any sleep, it’s definitely something you should chat to your dentist about. This quick and easy snoring solution could be the perfect fix for you and your partner.

You can have your mouth guards made up and use them while you rule out any other health conditions that might be associated with snoring. If people report any of the signs of sleep apnoea, I recommend they do a sleep study to find out for sure. You can even do your sleep study while wearing your dental device and have its effectiveness monitored at the same time.

Talk to your dentist

The most noticeable effect of snoring is interrupted sleep for those who snore and their partners, so a simple snoring solution like mouth guards is worth asking your dentist about.

 

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