Many people suffer from snoring. It happens when the soft tissues of your throat narrow enough to cause vibration as air passes through. This restriction in air flow can not only prevent you from getting a good night's sleep, but more and more studies are finding how snoring can negatively affect your health. High Blood Pressure, weight gain and depression are just a few things that are being linked to a lack of a good night's sleep. If you (or more likely your spouse) are aware of a snoring problem, a custom snore guard can be made to help minimize or eliminate your snoring. It helps to treat snoring by gently moving your lower jaw forward and holding it in that position as you sleep. This opens your airway.
After a discussion with your dentist, you will most likely need to have a simple sleep study done with a sleep specialist. Once that has been done, the snore guard can be made. The process consists of impressions of your upper and lower teeth and some measurements taken to assess the movement of your jaw. The snore guard is made within 2 weeks, and you will return to the dental office for a fitting appointment. You deserve a good night's rest, so give us a call if you have any questions.