Snoring can be very annoying for anyone who sleeps next to a person who snores a lot. About 80 million Americans are said to snore loudly while sleeping, causing a lot of discomfort to their bedmate. To the snorers themselves, it causes a lot of disadvantages such as lack of sound sleep, troubled breathing, bruxism, sore throat, headaches, tiredness, etc. Most important of all, they would hardly be able to explore the deeper levels of sleep.
What are the causes of snoring?
When a person sleeps, the muscles in the throat naturally relax, thereby reducing the size of the aperture of the airway. The air that is being inhaled would have to go through a very small opening, which is when the vibrations are created. This causes the snoring sound. Other factors that influence snoring are obesity, blood pressure levels, sleeping positions, sleep apnea, smoking, and consumption of alcohol. Severe snoring can have a lot of drawbacks, both to the snorer and to the person sleeping next to them. People who snore heavily could often wake up with a sore throat and a headache that wouldn’t just go away. They may spend the rest of the day feeling tired and sleepy as they wouldn’t have got a sound sleep the previous night.
How can snoring be controlled?
The severity of snoring can be controlled by the use of a device called Mandibular Advancement Appliance (MAA). It looks more or less like a mouthguard and helps to bring the lower jaw forward. This way, the patient’s airway would expand and a lot more air can be inhaled without hassle. You would be able to have a quiet night’s sleep, allowing you to reach its deeper stages.
The device itself is quite comfortable. Once you start wearing it, it may feel a little weird in your mouth and throat. But, within a couple of days, you would easily get adjusted to it and wouldn’t even feel its presence in your mouth every time you wear it. It also prevents the falling back of the tongue and the collapse of the tissues from the roof of the throat, thereby preventing sleep apnea.
Call us at (262) 886-9440 to schedule an appointment to know more about the treatment for snoring.