Treatment for Snoring: How Your Dentist Can Help
When an individual snores, it can mean conditions from nasal congestion to sleep apnea or somewhere in between. When the problem is due to a jaw malformation that promotes the soft tissues in the mouth and throat to relax, the vibration that occurs results in snoring.
Snore guards are fabricated with the aid of your dentist. The custom fitted mouth guard will place your jaw into the proper formation putting an end to the interruption of sleep due to snoring.
There are different types of snore guards. Your drug store or items available on the internet will allow you to boil a plastic form and bite into it to mold it. The main problem with these products is that if your jaw is not in the precise alignment required, the mold may produce more problems than solutions.
The hard plastic used for these over the counter, self-made products is uncomfortable. This means you won’t want to wear it, especially if the discomfort doesn’t resolve the original problem of snoring because of incorrect fit. In addition, patients that already suffer from a malocclusion (and most of us do), an ill-fitting device worn at night can make bruxism complications worse.
When snoring is eliminated, the patient sleeps better making their nights more restful which will likely translate into more energy throughout the day.
The ideal solution is to have your dentist make your snore guard. You will have impressions made with your jaw placed in the correct position. The impressions will then be sent to a dental lab for a mouth guard that is customized especially for your needs.
The material the dental lab uses will have longevity of use and comfort built in that will encourage the patient to wear either until the problem is resolved or indefinitely. The drug store version, even if worn consistently, will not last nearly as long and will require re-doing eventually. When considering the results in comfort, function, reliability, and longevity, there is no comparison.
When snoring is eliminated, the patient sleeps better making their nights more restful which will likely translate into more energy throughout the day. And the sleeping partner will reap the benefits of uninterrupted sleep making this choice one that will be best for everyone.
To learn more about your treatment options, contact our skilled team at Erickson Dental. Call 972-717-0077 to schedule a visit today.