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Snoring could indicate more serious health problems December 13, 2013

Filed under: Dental health — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 10:43 am

In their lifetime, about 50% of Americans suffer snoring.  For some snoring may not be a potential health problem, but for many, snoring can be an indicator of a serious health condition.  And, it can also constitute a nuisance for your partner.

Snoring occurs when your breathing is partially obstructed in some way while you’re sleeping.  One of the more severe manifestations of snoring is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, which creates those irritating sounds.

Many times, snoring can be relived by certain lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime or sleeping on your side.

There are also medical devices and even surgery are available that may reduce disruptive snoring.

One of the medical devices you may wish to consider is a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD):

If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night’s sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device to be worn at night as it gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage, helping you breathe better and get a full, quiet night’s sleep.

MADs are usually small plastic devices worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. They do this by bringing your lower jaw forward and/or by lifting your soft palate. Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe.

If snoring has become a problem and you are concerned with the possible consequences to your health, give us a call and set up a consultation.  We’ll take a look and be glad to answer all your questions.  And, we’ll see if MAD is right for you.

Mall of Georgia Dentistry

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