Snoring: one of those common problems you may feel like you cannot do anything about. Maybe you are not even the one snoring—maybe it is your bed partner. Either way, we have snoring solutions that can stop snoring in its tracks!
There are a number of changes you can make to decrease your snoring, such as cutting down alcohol consumption before bed or changing your sleep position. For some patients, these changes are not enough to help them stop snoring.
Depending on the specific cause of your chronic snoring, your physician may recommend a snoring mouthpiece to help minimize your snoring. This mouthpiece can help keep your airway more open, preventing the air from vibrating the soft tissues in your throat and producing the snoring sound.
These snoring mouthpieces are customized to your unique airway and mouth. We start the production process with a careful examination and precise images from our 3D CAT scanner. The information we gather will help a lab create your very own snoring mouthpiece.
What Causes Snoring?
As you sleep, the muscles of your airway and nasal passages relax. While you sleep, the air that you breathe moves past these soft tissues, causing a vibrating noise. This vibrating noise can vary widely from person to person, but most patients with chronic snoring agree that it is frustrating—both to themselves and to their spouses.
Other Causes for Snoring
Some patients have airways that are shaped in such a way that snoring occurs naturally, but there are other factors that can make snoring sounds worse. Some of these factors include:
- Nasal problems, such as congestion or allergies.
- Alcohol consumption, as it relaxes the muscles and tissues.
- Sleep position, especially if you sleep on your back.
- Sleep deprivation, as it causes your muscles to relax more at night than they otherwise would.
When you come into St. Mary’s Center for Dental Sleep Medicine at St. Mary’s Dental for a consultation, we will have a detailed discussion about your snoring and work together with you and your physician to help you (or your bed partner) sleep better!
Stop Snoring in Its Tracks!
Are you ready to get started with treatment for your snoring? Talk to your physician about a snoring mouthpiece! St. Mary’s Center for Dental Sleep Medicine at St. Mary’s Dental can help you with your snoring problem, so you can get a better night’s sleep—along with everyone else around you. Call today for a consultation. Dr. McCray and Dr. Demer are ready to help you!