We can help! It is estimated that up to 50% of adults have a snoring disorder. Snoring is such a common problem that people tend to under-rate its seriousness. Disrupted sleep on an on-going basis can lead to health and relationship problems. Snoring may affect the physical well being of both the snorer and partner alike, causing both to wake up tired and often feel irritable and sluggish during the day.
What Causes Snoring?
When you're asleep, the muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth automatically relax causing the lower jaw and tongue drop back and reduce or block the airway opening. This results in an increase in the velocity of air flowing through your airway when you breathe. In turn, this causes soft tissues in your mouth and throat to vibrate. That familiar snoring sound is actually the sound of those tissues vibrating.
In its most severe form, the collapse of the upper airway is so complete that the lungs may not receive oxygen for 30 seconds or more. This is called "Obstructive Sleep Apnea". In response to this deprivation of oxygen, your body triggers an internal alarm and you partially wake. This is usually accompanied by loud gasps for air that can last 3 seconds or more, until you fall asleep and the cycle starts all over again. The most obvious complication arising from OSA is diminished quality of life brought on by chronic sleep deprivation, however coronary artery disease, strokes, and congestive heart failure have been linked to sleep apnea and are being evaluated to define the exact nature of their connection.
Snore Guard is a small oral appliance we will professionally custom fit to your individual needs. It has a unique inner lining that is softened by heat during the fitting process and is worn over the teeth much like an athletic mouth guard. It fits snugly over your teeth while you sleep and is designed to prevent your tongue from dropping towards the back of your throat. This helps keep your airway open, effectively relieving the main cause of snoring.