Author:Dr. George Orfaly
There are over 90 million American adults that snore. Snoring not only affects the snorer but oftentimes their loved ones as well. It is estimated that over 185 million Americans are negatively affected by snoring. We often hear from patients that snoring has caused them and their spouses to sleep in separate rooms.
Snoring occurs when there is an obstructed airway. Oftentimes, when we sleep, our tongue slides to the back of our mouth and our jaw relaxes both of which contribute to the airway becoming obstructed. The noise of snoring is caused by the air we breathe in trying to pass through this obstructed airway; the air vibrates off of the tongue, soft palate, and tissue of the throat.
At Fisher and Orfaly Dental, we fabricate an anti-snore guard called a mandibular advancement device. This custom-designed appliance moves the jaw in a forward position bringing the tongue forward as well. This increases the size of the airway which in turn reduces air velocity, vibration, and snoring.
The anti-snore guard is fabricated from impressions of your mouth and requires only two appointments.
The device consists of two soft plastic forms which sit over your upper and lower teeth. These are attached by short connectors that bring the lower jaw in a forward position during sleep preventing snoring. To demonstrate this, try and make the snoring noise. Once you do that, move your jaw forward and try making the snoring sound. You must have had great difficulty making the noise with your jaw forward.
If the airway is blocked completely for longer than 10 seconds, you may have sleep apnea and we suggest you see a medical doctor.
The following 3 devices are commonly used as oral anti-snoring guards:
If you notice involuntary grinding and clenching of teeth at night, you may need a nightguard.
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.
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