Dentists who offer snoring therapy

Snoring Therapy

Dentists who offer snoring therapy

How widespread of a phenomenon is snoring nowadays? Roughly 40% of the general population nowadays snore, with men being more frequently represented in that subset than women. Among older people, the number of snorers increases, as does the likelihood of developing a snoring problem among the population of that age group. For many couples,...
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How widespread of a phenomenon is snoring nowadays?

Roughly 40% of the general population nowadays snore, with men being more frequently represented in that subset than women. Among older people, the number of snorers increases, as does the likelihood of developing a snoring problem among the population of that age group. For many couples, the nightly noise can become a critical issue and can have a very negative impact on the quality of sleep of both partners. During the day, this may lead to continuous and worsening fatigue and dropping vitality levels. As a result, the snorer’s productivity and his will to live and quality of live may drop as well.

How does snoring develop?

Snoring develops in the nasopharyngeal zone around the upper air passages. While sleeping, a person’s throat and facial muscles relax, and the sound of snoring is created through vibrations of the flaccid tissue in the upper air passages. Since this narrows the nasopharyngeal zone, the snorer breathes in more abruptly and as air enters the body at higher speeds, the uvula starts to “flutter”, thereby causing a snoring sound. 

What is sleep apnea?

When snoring is accompanied by temporary breathing lapses, there is an elevated risk to the health of the snorer. In cases in which a person suspends breathing for 10 seconds or more or when breathing temporarily stops for 10 times or more in any given hour, trained medical specialists would likely diagnose sleep apnea. This condition can be caused by several different occurrences, such as an obstruction of air passages, not properly functioning respiratory muscles, and other diseases of the circulatory system.

Some of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea are, among others, fatigue throughout the day and a dry mouth in the morning. To be 100% sure, a patient should still get a detailed diagnosis in a sleep lab because people who suffer from this condition have a significantly higher risk (3x7x) of developing high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. Also, this condition can negatively affect a person’s performance at work and can also lead to mistakes in other parts of life, such as driving accidents.

Advanced sleep apnea should be treated by trained professionals with CPAP therapy in a sleep lab. However, if it is diagnosed early enough, it can also be treated with a protrusion splint which can be placed onto the lower jaw during the night to prevent it from sinking back and blocking the snorer’s air passages.


What is snoring therapy?

Before a patient can start with snoring therapy, he or she should first diagnose the type of snoring from which he or she is suffering. In general, there are three kinds of snoring:

1. Light snoring: mostly harmless and does not require therapy

2. Light sleep apnea: snoring with occasional breathing lapses

3. Severe sleep apnea: Frequent breathing lapses, treated with CPAP therapy

To treat chronic snoring or light sleep apnea, patients may go to both the dentist of the otorhinolaryngologist, as medical professionals from both specialties often collaborate on treating patients with sleep and snoring problems.


What is intra-oral snoring therapy?

This therapy option (also called IST in short) can be applied in cases of harmless snoring and takes the form of a transparent plastic splint that is formed like overnight braces and is placed atop of the teeth of a snorer’s lower jaw to prevent him or her from snoring.

At first, a dentist must perform a detailed examination of a patient’s teeth, jaw muscles, and tongue in order to prepare a custom-made splint for the patient to wear at night. After the splint is inserted, it prevents the patient’s tongue from slipping back and blocking the air passages which, in turn, significantly reduces the volume of snoring. This IST splint is very thin and a patient can get used to it very easily and quickly.

So, no need to fret for there are multiple ways to address snoring problems!

We hope that you found this primer helpful and invite you to take a look at our blog for more interesting stories and information.

All the Best & see you soon, Ace!


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