Snoring Prevention

Snoring is a very common issue that most people experience, but many are not aware that snoring can reveal some major health issues that go unnoticed. In North America alone, an estimate of over 80 million individuals snore as they are sleeping. This means that not only is the person snoring experiencing a poor quality of sleep, but they may even be affecting their loved ones quality of sleep as well. Obtaining a good night’s rest is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and advancing technology has allowed for chronic snoring to be treated with ease.

What Factors Cause Snoring?

Often times, snoring occurs because the soft tissues of the throat and mouth are more relaxed, which causes one’s air passage to become smaller. With less room in the airway, individuals are not able to breathe properly as the air moves closer to the soft tissues causing them to vibrate, which results in snoring. However, there are about four main factors that are also known to cause snoring including:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sleep aides or Sedatives
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Overweightness

What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?

If your loved ones are telling you that you snore and you are also experiencing fatigue in the mornings, then it may be time to consider your options to getting a better night’s sleep. Sleeping at night can be improved with a mandibular advancement device (MAD). The MAD is a dental device designed to the lower jaw (or the mandible) in a forward position as it opens up the space in your airway passage to help you breathe more efficiently, feel refreshed in the mornings, and cease your snoring during the night.

What’s it like Wearing the MAD?

Since the MAD is specifically designed to be worn while you sleep, it is simple to use and comfortable. Keep in mind that it won’t keep your mouth closed while you sleep but more so that it will halt your snoring tendencies especially for individuals who experience sinus congestion and allergies. While you may feel a small amount of stiffness in the jaw the first few mornings after use, most people don’t feel the stiffness after removal of the MAD. With consistent use of the MAD, you will notice an incredible difference as you obtain a higher quality of sleep and improved mood throughout each day.

Talk to your dentist today to see if the mandibular advancement device is right for you. Contact our dental practice in Reston today to book your appointment!

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