Well over 80 million people living in America snore while sleeping according to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. What many of those individuals fail to realize is that snoring often indicates other major health complications that can be a concern, including sleep apnea. To treat sleep apnea, we utilize customized oral appliances called mandibular advancement devices, which force the jawbone forward and downward, thus removing obstructions in your airways. We also provide a similar appliance if you just suffer from a snoring problem.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is caused by the same thing that causes sleep apnea: an obstructed airway. Your muscles relax when you fall asleep, which can cause your tongue, tonsils and the collapsible tissues at the back of your throat to fall back and block your airway.
With sleep apnea, airway blockage causes your breathing to stop, after which you may wake up suddenly, gasping for breath. With snoring, the upper airway is only partially blocked, altering your breathing so it sounds hoarse and loud. Though snoring can indicate a sleep apnea condition, sometimes it can be a problem on its own.
Benefits of Receiving Snoring Treatment
We treat snoring at Lexington Heights Dental using a custom-made oral appliance. This appliance holds your mouth in a position that prevents tissue collapse as you sleep. You can experience several benefits after getting your snoring problem treated, including the following:
- Breathing continuously and softly as you sleep
- Reduced effects of a dry mouth (which increases your risk for tooth decay)
- A good night’s rest for you and your loved ones
Contact Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer
We offer treatment for snoring in Cedar Hills, Utah, so you can breathe easily as you sleep. We welcome patients from throughout the nearby communities as well, including Lehi, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Alpine, Highland and Orem, Utah. Please call our office today if you would like to learn more about how snoring affects your sleep health and how we can help.