Snoring is a pretty common concern among individuals of all age groups. It is caused due to the resonance in the windpipe or airway during inhaling and exhaling while asleep. Snoring can lead to a few health issues related to a person’s overall well-being. Also, it can be quite annoying to the person’s bedmate as the noise can keep them awake and deny them quality sleep.
What issues can snoring cause?
- Persistent snoring can lead to a sore throat. The tissues in the throat tend to become tender after snoring for a long duration, giving rise to an uncomfortable feeling.
- Patients who snore excessively may often experience early morning headaches. Over time, it can advance to become a migraine.
- Patients may experience tongue swallowing in severe cases of snoring.
- Sleep apnea is a common issue with patients who snore a lot. During this, patients feel a lack of breath as tissues collapse from the roof of the throat. This can result in the patient waking up feeling traumatized.
- Bruxism or grinding of teeth is seen among heavy snorers.
How can snoring be treated?
Snoring is a common issue among patients who suffer from obesity. When a person is overweight, the airway could get partially blocked due to cholesterol getting accumulated near the opening. This makes normal breathing quite difficult, and the patient often snores while sleeping. Patients with snoring issues can reduce its severity by losing weight. This creates a wider opening for the flow of air in and out of the lungs.
When it comes to professional treatment of snoring and bruxism, we can suggest a few oral appliances to help you. A mandibular advancement device can be used to widen the opening of the airway. It prevents the roof of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway.
What is a night guard?
A night guard is an oral appliance that looks pretty similar to an athletic mouthguard. It has to be worn just before going to bed and can be taken off when you wake up. The guard is made from dental-grade plastic material and retains its shape, thanks to the feature called shape-memory. It prevents any contact between teeth from the upper and lower jaw, thereby keeping them from undergoing wear. Also, it reduces the stress applied to the TMJ when you clench the jaw.
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