Snoring is a prevalent condition that affects millions of people. Nearly everyone snores occasionally. For example, if you have a cold, the resultant nasal congestion might cause you to snore. Heavy alcohol consumption can also trigger snoring.
The snoring sound that you hear is the result of air struggling to move through obstructed or constricted airways.
Where snoring is chronic or persistent, an individual might be left feeling fatigued, unable to concentrate, and with dull headaches. Snoring can also cause a lot of distress to your partner.
Snore guards are special mouthguards that are made to alleviate the problem of snoring. A snore guard is the first-line intervention and is safe, painless, and non-invasive. If you have been battling with snoring, we welcome you to Lexington Dental Group for a comprehensive consultation during which our dentist will determine if a snore guard is well-suited for your needs.
Chronic snoring is often indicative of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by night-time collapse of the airways. In other words, your throat muscles relax as you sleep, and the air moves forcefully through these narrowed airways, thus resulting in a snoring sound.
Some risk factors for sleep apnea include gender/being male, being overweight, excessive smoking, family history, presence of enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and neck circumference.
If you snore now and then, then you likely don’t need professional attention. However, if you’re a chronic snorer, you need a medical diagnosis as well as treatment for the same.
While snoring isn’t a disease on its own and, as such, doesn’t have a cure, there are ways of managing underlying problems.
Snore guards go by different names, including mandibular advancement devices (MADs), snoring mouth guards, and anti-snoring mouth guards, among others.
Snore guards are effective in the management of tongue-based snoring, i.e., where a person snores because the tongue has dropped back into their throat as they sleep. In this case, the snore guard holds the tongue muscles and lower jaw muscles in a forward position, thus preventing blockage of the airways.
Don’t let snoring rob you or your partner of a restful night. Contact Lexington Dental Group to schedule a comprehensive consultation during which we will explore your options in regards to snore guards.