Snoring devices are used to help a person who snores excessively or has a sleeping disorder of some kind, such as sleep apnea. While treatment for both of these conditions usually les outside the scope of a normal dentist’s field, it is quite possible that a snoring device may still be custom designed by a dentist or clinical dental technician because it involves the assessment of the state of the jaws and associated teeth. Your Burlington, Ontario dentist may detect a sleep disorder problem in the course of a consultation and may be able to advise the use of a snoring device that is suitable.
Excessive snoring and sleep apnea are distinctly different but related problems. Someone who snores regularly may also suffer from a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, in particular needs to be carefully diagnosed then the remedial treatments worked out by someone who has the relevant training. Snoring devices may be part of an overall package of treatment and are not likely to be the sole treatment option.
Preventable causes of snoring
Snoring may be exacerbated by lifestyle activities such as smoking and drinking too much. Reducing the amount of alcohol or smoking may also help to control snoring. Excess weight can also be a factor that can cause snoring as too much fat around the airways impedes the flow of air down to the lungs. Again, the snoring sufferer may be able to help themselves by trying to reduce their weight.
If these sorts of self help methods do not work, then it may be time to seek out assistance from your doctor or your Burlington, Ontario dentist.
Snoring device types
A snoring device may be suggested such as the dental mandibular advancement device, which works by forcing your jaw forwards so that more air can get through your airways. Another similar snoring device is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner. Both of these snoring devices are designed to fit the particular size and shape of your mouth and teeth.