HOW CAN MY DENTIST HELP ME STOP SNORING?
During sleep the muscles and tissues of the mouth and throat relax, the jaw opens and the tongue falls to the back of the throat. This narrows up the airway and the patient now has to force air through a smaller opening. This creates vibrations in the throat and soft tissue palate known as snoring.
It is estimated that more than 90 million people in the U.S. snore while sleeping. Often many people can reduce snoring by wearing a custom fabricated dental device. These devices move the jaw into a more forward and more open position, thereby increasing the three dimensional airway space. This reduces air velocity and soft tissue vibration- and ultimately reduces or eliminates snoring and improves breathing. Clinical studies show that dentist prescribed oral devices have snoring preventative success rates of over 80%.
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