Benefits of Snore Guard Appliances
By Frank Avason, DMD on July 24, 2018
Many people are embarrassed to admit that they snore, but if snoring wakes you or your partner up at night, you are not alone. Nearly half of all Americans snore at some point in their lives.
Although the condition is more common among males (with nearly 40 percent of men admitting to being habitual snorers), about 25 percent of women also regularly deal with this problem. Aside from interrupting sleep, snoring is often the sign of a more serious condition, sleep apnea.
Dental procedures address oral health problems, including snoring and sleep apnea, to improve a person’s overall well-being. At Avason Family Dentistry, we offer snore guard appliances to our Denver, NC patients to provide them with a number of unique benefits, including improved sleep.
Rest More Peacefully
One of the biggest complaints from those who snore is that it is loud. Not only does snoring often keep a person’s partner up, but it is sometimes loud enough to wake up the person who is snoring.
A snore guard appliance completely eliminates, or drastically reduces, snoring so that the patient and partner can both rest more peacefully. By using a snore guard appliance, most patients are able to sleep all the way through the night.
A snore guard appliance also improves the quality of a person’s sleep because it allows them to achieve R.E.M., which is the deepest and most restful level of sleep.
Open Up the Airways
In most cases, snoring is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when excessive tissues or a misaligned jaw create a blockage in the airways. This blockage leads to snoring, and more importantly, can cause a person to stop breathing frequently throughout the night.
To resume breathing, the body must wake itself. Even if a person does not remember waking up throughout the night, sleep apnea prevents a person from getting a truly restful night of sleep. A snore guard appliance aligns the jaw, holds it in its intended position, and opens up the airways. As a result, a person is able to breathe easier and sleep more soundly.
Many people are hesitant to wear a snore guard appliance because they worry that it will feel bulky and uncomfortable. While this may be true of snore guards that are bought over-the-counter, the custom-made snore guards offered at Avason Family Dentistry are designed to the unique specifications of each patient.
We take molds of each patient’s mouth to ensure that the snore guards will fit snugly and comfortably. With such a secure fit, the patient will barely notice that the appliance is in place. This makes a snore guard appliance a much more comfortable option than store bought mouth pieces or the breathing machines that are sometimes used to treat sleep apnea.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who deals with snoring, a snore guard appliance may be able to give you a better night’s sleep. To learn more about the custom mouth guards offered at Avason Family Dentistry, contact us at your earliest convenience.
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