What causes snoring?

During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased, soft tissues like the soft palate and uvula vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in “noisy breathing” or snoring.
Surgical techniques used to remove respiration-impairing structures have shown only moderate success rates (20-40 percent). For the majority of snorers, however, the most affordable, noninvasive, comfortable, and effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device.

Dangers of Snoring

It is estimated that more than 90 million North Americans snore. Taking into account the snorer’s spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. And snoring doesn’t merely interrupt your sleep cycle—the struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it’s called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects.

How can I prevent snoring?

There are dentist-prescribed solutions for a more restful night’s sleep. These affordable devices are designed to be comfortable and exhibit documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Maria Hayes will determine the exact device needed to help you or your loved ones obtain better, more healthful and restful sleep. Some of these devices are even covered under your medical insurance. Contact Alluring Smiles, LLC at 301-637-6155 to find out if an oral appliance for snoring in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is the right solution for you and your family.