We’ve probably all heard the old nursery rhyme, “It’s raining, it’s pouring … the old man is snoring.” But how many of us actually know what snoring is or the health risks associated with snoring? Snoring is caused when your upper airway (nose and throat) is partially obstructed during sleep. This obstruction causes you to make a sound because of the narrowing of your airway, which causes a throat vibration. If you have enlarged tonsils, an enlarged tongue or extra weight around your neck area, you might be more prone to snoring than others. Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (though not always), which can lead to serious health risks if left undiagnosed and untreated. Snoring without sleep apnea may indicate a risk for hypertension, daytime drowsiness, poor concentration and decreased energy levels because the sufferer isn’t sleeping restfully at night.
Thankfully, there are ways of preventing snoring, and they don’t always require invasive surgery. Dr. Richard Styka and staff are equipped to provide oral appliance therapy in Toronto to help prevent snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliances are worn only during sleep and are custom-fitted to your mouth similar to a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear and maintain. They’re also portable, which makes them convenient for travel. You’ll find that using your oral appliance nightly can help you alleviate your snoring symptoms and drastically improve your ability to sleep.
When you visit with your dentist to discuss the possibility of an oral appliance for snoring prevention, you’ll learn the benefits of treatment and go over the costs and any possible side effects. Then your dentist will complete an oral examination, studying your teeth, jaw, tongue and airways. Next, an impression of your teeth will be taken to customize an oral appliance for your mouth. Follow-up visits may be required to ensure a comfortable fit and to answer any questions you may have regarding maintenance and long-term treatment success.
Contact Dr. Richard Styka to find out more about how our dental options for snoring prevention work and to see if oral appliance therapy is the right form of treatment for you. Our office looks forward to helping you improve your sleep and your overall health.