Snoring has a serious impact on restful sleep, wellness, quality of life… and relationships. All too often, a sleep mate is driven to the furthest edge of the bed, sofa, or spare room to escape repeated sleep disruption. Your dentist can help! Patients across the Newport Beach, CA area trust Dr. John Ravera for customized snoring treatment that really works.
What causes snoring?
During sleep, you take in air through the nose and mouth. It is meant to travel freely through the airway to the lungs, where they body uses it to oxygenate blood. Then, oxygen-depleted breath returns via the same route. Snoring is the result of constriction of the airway. It may create a high-pitched, whistling sound as air tries to squeeze through a narrowed opening. Or, snoring could be harsh and guttural from the vibration of floppy throat and nasal soft tissues.
Most people snore occasionally, but these factors also contribute:
- Age – Muscle tone in the neck decreases and the throat naturally gets narrower over time
- Extra pounds – Fatty tissue, especially in the neck region, puts pressure on soft tissues in the throat
- Gender – Men have slimmer air passages than women, so are more prone to snoring
- Heredity – Inherited traits such as cleft palate or enlarged adenoids increase tendency to snore
- Nasal blockage – Allergies, asthma, and chronic sinusitis make it difficult to inhale deeply, creating a vacuum in the throat
- Lifestyle – Smoking and use of alcohol or medications can cause muscle relaxation
- Sleep position – Back sleepers are more likely to snore
Persistent, loud snoring can also be a warning sign of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, which can have serious health consequences.
How Newport Beach, CA snoring treatment can help
A number of stop snoring devices are approved by the FDA and covered by many insurance plans. Dr. Ravera guides patients in choosing the most appropriate anti-snoring device. He then personalizes the fit of the snoring cure, with adjustments for optimal comfort and effectiveness.
Snoring aids of this type are about the size of an orthodontic retainer. The appliance fits over teeth, holding the jaw in a slightly forward position to keep the airway open.
Call 949-877-3606 to learn more about effective dental snoring solutions.