Appliances to Help Stop Snoring
If you are the only one sleeping at night because your snoring is keeping everyone else up, then it may be time to invest in some snoring appliances. At Alaska Dental Associates, we can help with that.
A snoring device can help treat your nighttime snoring by keeping your jaw in a position to eliminate snoring. Our dentist Dr. Triggs and our team have experience helping patients and their suffering family members with the aggravation of snoring. Dr. Kyle Triggs is ready to discuss a remedy for your snoring issues.
Among the causes we have seen include relaxed tissues inside your throat, enlarged tonsils, or having your tongue move to the back of your throat. Each of these can mostly block the airway, and air passes through a much narrower opening, and the result is the chainsaw-like noise we know as snoring.
You can learn more about other dental appliances that we offer here.
Do Snoring Appliances Actually Work?
As a general rule, what works for one person may not work for another. And with dream devices that promise and may not necessarily deliver, it’s important to consult a dentist who specializes in snoring devices. Our mission is to find something that does work – for you.
The most common devices used are the anti-snoring mouthpieces, also called oral appliance therapy, which is made custom for the individual. These are devices you wear while asleep. These devices do work for most people, as their function is to position your jaw so that it opens your airway, and keeps your throat tissues from flopping inside your throat while you sleep. We will see to it that your device fits properly for maximum effectiveness.
While these devices do work for most people, it may not be the perfect fit for what you need. If it does not work for you, you could have a more serious problem like sleep apnea, and we would need to explore other options. This is why you should consult a professional to begin with.
Are Snoring Mouth Pieces Uncomfortable?
If you’re in need of a snoring mouthpiece, you may have concerns about comfort while wearing them. For many people they are an adjustment, and they do have some downsides worth considering:
Dry mouth can happen when a person who sleeps with their mouth open uses a device with a narrow opening. The constant exchange of air eventually dries out the mouth, which can be uncomfortable.
When the body is trying to adjust to the new device it can release lots of saliva, which is called hyper-salivation.
Soreness In Teeth
Since snoring mouthpieces are designed to fit to your unique mouth, you could experience minor soreness in your teeth. How you use your upper and lower teeth to hold the piece will affect whether or not you have pressure or soreness in your teeth every morning.
Jaw Muscle Pain or Stiffness
These snoring devices put some pressure on your jaw because it is being moved forward to the position that will help you breathe at night. The jaw muscles don’t do this automatically, so they may feel sore or ache for some time.
Looking for Anchorage Snoring Appliances?
If not dealt with, snoring can disrupt not only your family’s sleep but also your health, as in the case of sleep apnea. This disorder has been linked to many other potentially serious conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes, so it’s important to taking snoring problems seriously.
Give us a call today to set up an appointment to discuss your unique snoring problem, and see how we can help get you into the right device that will help with your snoring, or recommend further medical treatment for underlying issues that may be causing the snoring.