Snoring is a major cause of sleeplessness, not only the affected individual, but his or her bedmate as well. For many years there have been ongoing studies in an attempt to determine the causes as well as the remedies for this affliction. As a result of these studies a number of snoring appliances have become available on the market; they range from nasal strips to mouth guards as well as other options including surgery.
What is important to understand about snoring is that the act itself is universal; however, the causes and reasons for snoring vary from one person to another. The act of snoring is easy to understand, the soft tissue in the back of the individuals throat vibrate as these tissues relax or collapse. If for whatever reason the nasal passages become blocked or plugged, of course the person will continue to breath but through the mouth. In some cases the individual may even stop breathing for a time, this condition is known as sleep apnea.
Although there are a number of snoring aids available, they often do not provide the results that are expected. Nasal strips as well as throat sprays are two examples of solutions that leave a lot to be desired. Nasal strips are applied to the outside of the nose, the idea is that these strips lift the nose and support it resulting in nasal passages that open wider. It is claimed that throat sprays promote easier breathing by lubricating the soft tissue and throat which in turn is supposed to reduce vibrations. These aids do not have a reported high rate of success.
True snoring appliances are normally something that is fitted by a dentist. These mouth pieces, called mandible extenders are purpose designed and made to reposition the upper jaw; this in turn causes the tongue to lie naturally rather than in the back of the throat. In most cases mandible extenders are something which is made to order by a dentist although there are universal devices available from the drug store.
Another appliance is a device called a CPAP. This device provides continuous positive pressure in the airway. These devices are most often used for those who suffer from sleep apnea and they are prescribed after extensive testing and sleep studies. Not all people who snore suffer from sleep apnea but those that do find the CPAP device beneficial.
Snoring can have an effect on the individual; he or she may find that they feel fatigued, drowsy or unfocused. There are various snoring appliances available to combat this condition; you are invited to discuss the benefits of these appliances with Dr. Shahram Shekib at New York Cosmetic Dentistry & Smile Makeovers. He is well-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring.