If snoring is keeping you or your partner from getting a good night's sleep, it's time to take action. Dentist John Rink offers general dentistry treatments to reduce snoring and help you or your partner get a good night's rest. In many cases, the symptoms of snoring can be alleviated with customized mouth guards. To find out if mouth guards can help you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at the Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry.
Snoring occurs when the soft palate, the muscles in the roof of the mouth, the tongue, and the throat relax to the point that they narrow or block the airway. As the airway becomes narrowed, airflow becomes more forceful, vibrating the tissue, which is audible as snoring. Snoring has a number of causes ranging from drinking alcohol before sleeping to sleep apnea. If you suffer from snoring, it's important to speak to your dentist or physician to determine its causes. Some causes of snoring include:
In order to properly treat snoring, it is important to determine the cause. However, in many cases, custom mouth guards can alleviate snoring. Custom mouth guards, also known as oral appliances, can keep the airways open and unobstructed to reduce snoring. These oral appliances are custom-crafted, making them comfortable to wear during sleep. There are different types of mouth guards, or oral appliances, available to address the needs of each patient. Some oral appliances treat snoring by preventing the tongue from blocking the airways, while others work by holding the jaw in a position to keep the back of the throat open, also preventing obstruction of the airways.
Snoring can be disruptive to our own quality of sleep, and it can also impact the partner’s sleep. To find out if custom mouth guards can treat your snoring habits, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rink.