While snoring is a common issue for many individuals, it can also be a symptom of more significant health complications. In North America alone, over 80 million people snore during sleep, impacting not only their own sleep quality but also that of their loved ones and family members. Fortunately, there are effective ways to address chronic snoring.
WHAT CAUSES SNORING? Snoring can be attributed to several factors. Typically, it occurs when the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, narrowing the airway passage. The reduced space makes it more difficult for each breath to pass through, and when air does pass, it causes vibrations over the soft tissues, resulting in the characteristic snoring sound. Other factors contributing to snoring include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
WHAT IS A MANDIBULAR ADVANCEMENT DEVICE (MAD)? If you struggle with snoring at night, a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may offer an effective solution for a more restful sleep. The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently keeps the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position. This forward positioning increases the space within the airway passage, enabling better airflow and promoting quieter breathing during sleep.
Additionally, some MADs prevent the tongue from falling back over the windpipe, further alleviating snoring. Your dentist will custom-fit the device to suit your specific condition and needs.
IS A MAD COMFORTABLE? Absolutely! A mandibular advancement device is designed to be comfortable, allowing you to sleep soundly without even noticing it is there. The device permits mouth breathing, and it can be effective even for individuals with sinus congestion or allergies, ensuring uninterrupted airflow. While you may experience slight jaw stiffness during the initial mornings of use, this sensation is temporary and typically subsides as you wake up and remove the device.
If you're interested in learning more about mandibular advancement devices and how they can help with snoring, we encourage you to contact our practice and schedule an appointment for a consultation. Our dental professionals will be happy to discuss your options and find the most suitable solution to provide you and your loved ones with quiet, restful nights of sleep.