Snoring Therapy in Great Neck
Snoring is an incredibly common condition that affects millions of people - and while for many it's nothing but a passing nuisance, for some if can become a serious problem. Thankfully, there's relief: oral appliance therapy can treat even the most serious of snoring problems.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is the sound of vibrations in the soft and hard tissue palates, usually generated by narrow air passages. Because the tissues are soft in the air passages, air moving through it generates a "flapping sound" - what we know as snoring. While can be used to treat snoring, it's not always effective, as the sound may come from the tissues of the upper airway.
Here are some of the most common causes of snoring:
- Sleep apnea
- Daytime fatigue
- Deviated septum or obstructed nasal passages
- Poor muscle toning in the tongue
- Other general health problems
Thankfully, chronic snoring can be treated. We can work with you to adjust your sleep patterns to solve the problem, or in more severe cases, we can fit you with custom appliances that will keep your airways open as you sleep, preventing snoring during the night. If snoring is an issue for you or your spouse, we'll work with you to diagnose the problem and design a treatment that makes sense for your symptoms and lifestyle.
About Sleep Apnea
While snoring may be the only problem for some people, for loud snorers, the issue may be a more serious case of blocked air passages, also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In patients with OSAS, the air blockages that cause snoring are so complete that air can't get through at all, often causing the patient to awaken repeatedly throughout the night - even if they aren't aware of it. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to a variety of negative health outcomes including stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, fatigue, and depression - so if you're struggling with sleep-related issues, it's important to schedule a visit so we can diagnose you.
If you think you may suffer from OSAS, you're in luck: we're proud to now offer The Moses, an appliance geared towards sleep apnea sufferers. This device is a non-surgical, non-invasive, and highly effective treatment for both OSAS and snoring. It works by moving your jaw and tongue forward during sleep, creating more room in the air passages and letting you sleep free of snoring and disturbances. The Moses is a perfect treatment for patients with:
If you think snoring and sleep apnea may be a problem for you, you can find out your risk level by taking the Berlin Questionnaire. Find out your results by scoring your points pursuant to the diagram below, and be sure to bring your results to your next dental appointment so we can go over them.
Contact Your Great Neck Dental Office
Have more questions about treating snoring or OSAS? We're here to help. Feel free to call us at 516.858.5921, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Great Neck, NY office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you sleep soundly and silently!