Snoring is a very common issue when it comes to a good night’s sleep – more than 80 million people in North American snore. Snoring, though typically only seen as a nuisance, affects the quality of sleep of the snorer and even their family members. However, there is a way to treat snoring.
The Causes Of Snoring
The muscles in your throat and mouth relax when you sleep, making your air passage smaller than usual. Snoring is when turbulent airflow vibrates the tissues on the roof of the mouth and in the throat. These vibrations cause the loud snoring noise that we are all familiar with.
Snoring Is Due To A Variety of Reasons, Some of Which Include:
- Obesity and Excess Body Weight
- Alcohol Consumption
- Sleep Aids or Sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What is a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)?
Mandibular advancement devices are one of the most common forms of dental sleep aid for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. MADs open the airway by pushing the lower jaw forward and moving your tongue away from your airway. When the jaw moves forward, the collapsible portion of your airway is held open, making it easier to breathe and reducing snoring. This device gives you the opportunity to get the full, quiet night’s sleep that you deserve.
We understand that the idea of wearing a dental appliance may not seem appealing, but MADs are actually extremely comfortable to wear – they were designed with comfort in mind, so some can sleep without even noticing that it is there. Patients who wear these devices, as prescribed, report feeling much better after sleeping. They typically describe their experience as feeling refreshed or energetic. You may experience some stiffness for a few mornings after first wearing the device, but this only lasts a few days and goes away once you remove the device.