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People often joke about snoring, but it’s no fun for the snorers and even less fun for anyone who has to sleep within earshot of them. Some even question whether snoring is a health concern or not?
Snoring excessively can impact the quality of your sleep and eventually cause deterioration in your health if left to continue. Snoring, in fact, is a wake-up call to alert you to a sleep problem that can probably be solved.
You may be surprised to learn that your dentist may be able to help reduce the incidence of you snoring and ultimately allow you and those close to you to sleep better, too.
There are several reasons why some people snore more than others. Many of these reasons can be tackled separately if they are thought to be at fault, in addition to getting more immediate relief with a snoring device such as one that can be fitted by us here at the Meyer Dental Group.
Overweight people tend to snore more than those of normal or underweight. This is thought to be because any excess fat deposits at the back of the throat make it more difficult to breathe as they tend to block the passage of air into the windpipe.
Snoring also seems to be linked to activities like drinking too much alcohol and smoking. This is because these substances help to relax the muscles around the back of the mouth, causing you to snore more to compensate for a restricted air flow.
When your snoring is the result of your tongue positioning or airway constriction (due to bite positioning), a dental appliance can help to realign the bite, or reposition the tongue, to allow you to breathe properly as you sleep. This will relieve your snoring and help you get a good rest.
and live better
If you think that you are too overweight, and / or you drink or smoke too much, there are lifestyle choices that you can make which could lead to less snoring as well as improvement in your overall health, too.
To get some more immediate relief, we can provide one or other snoring devices which may help to keep your airways open when you go to sleep, making it less likely that you will snore as much.
The snoring devices are designed to fit between the tongue and jaw inside your mouth and help to prevent the tongue, in particular, from falling back when relaxed and blocking the natural flow of air at the back of your throat through to your lungs.
Popular and effective snoring devices include the Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) and the Thornton Adjustment Positioner (TAP). Just getting some relief can help to give you a boost of energy and resolve to tackle other issues that may be impacting on your tendency to snore too much.
Not everyone realizes that they snore but it can affect your health if untreated and it certainly doesn’t please anyone who has to sleep with you or even share the same home as you. To find solutions, it might take making some lifestyle changes.
Snoring isn’t inevitable and a consultation with one of our dentists can mean relief from snoring quite quickly with the help of a snoring device, but don’t forget to address any other reasons for snoring, too!
Make a visit to Meyer Dental Group today and we will show you what our commitment to your sleep and your health looks like in action, when you see us practicing what we preach.