WHEN YOU HAVE PROBLEMS sleeping, it may not occur to you to look to your dentist for help. But the truth is, appliance therapy from Dental Partners of Boston may be able to help with two of the most common sleep disorders: snoring, and grinding teeth.
If your problem is with grinding teeth, check our blog later for our post about night bruxism. If you snore (or if your bed partner does), read on to learn how a snore guard can help you.
How Snore Guards Help
Snoring happens when your tongue and the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax, obstructing your airway while you sleep. Snore guards work by slightly adjusting your jaw’s position, to copy the way you hold your jaw while you’re awake. This straightens out the soft tissues in your mouth and throat, and naturally opens up your airway.
Appliance Therapy Is Simple Yet Effective
The great thing about appliance therapy is that it doesn’t require surgery, needles, or anything else invasive. We just fit the appliance—which is surprisingly simple—to your bite to ensure that it’s as comfortable and effective as possible. There are no tubes, strings, latches, or machines included in the appliance. In fact, it kind of looks like a sports guard.
It’s a tiny thing that makes a huge difference.
A Note About Sleep Apnea
Sometimes, snoring is a side effect of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing for a period of time as you’re sleeping. Snoring is really common, whereas only a small percentage of snorers have sleep apnea.
But since sleep apnea can become a danger to your health very quickly, we may refer you to a physician or sleep specialist if we think your snoring is a symptom of more.
So if you’re missing out on much-needed sleep due to snoring, let us know! And if you have any questions about our appliance therapy, comment below.