Of the multitude of services that dentists provide, helping people to stop snoring and sleep more soundly is usually not the first one that comes to mind. However, if you have already tried the plethora of techniques that are out there and nothing has worked (and if you’ve spent any time at all attempting to become an ex-snorer then I’m sure you know what I am talking about; everything from anti-snore pillows to expensive adjustable beds to pills and creams all claim to be able to help you “quiet the beast”..), talking to your dentist about your “snoring-habit” may be the next step to take.
“But, how can a dentist help with snoring?”, you may be wondering.
Well, first off, there are several different conditions that come into play that can make someone a snorer, the most basic element being that the collapsible parts of the throat, mainly the uvula, is being moved about and sometimes even partially blocking the passage of air as the sleeper breathes in and out. However, for some people, the adjustment of the position of the jaw, which indeed lies in the purview of your dentist, can be a key factor in keeping the above mentioned scenario from taking place in the first place!
Indeed, just as dentists often treat habitual night-time teeth-grinding with preventative mouth-guards, your dentist (or another that is more specially-trained in this area of dentistry) may be able to create an anti-snoring appliance especially for you. Also called “oral splints” (don’t worry, they are not as unpleasant as they sound!), these devices, worn only at night, work by simply bringing forward your lower jaw and tongue, which in turn opens up the back of the throat by keeping your tongue and other soft tissues from blocking the air passage. In order that that they can be most effective and comfortable, oral splints must be created to fit especially for the mouth of the person that is wearing them, which is where your dentist comes into play. The procedure is usually rather quick, and of course painless, and the results of how effective the usage of one of these devices will be for you will be found out the next time you go to sleep!
So, if you’ve tried everything else, why not ask your dentist about what he or she might be able to do about your snoring problem? After all, snoring impacts everyone; from the quality of sleep for the snorer, to the mental sanity of those that share the same house with them. And, while it should be stated that anti-snoring dental devices don’t help everyone, they could also be the silver bullet that could keep you from transforming nightly into that snoring “beast” once and for all!