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What is Snoring?
Snoring occurs when there is an obstructed flow of air through the mouth and nose areas. Sixty-seven percent of adults suffer from snoring, and it is estimated that over 120 million people in the United States snore every single night. Snoring can originate from a variety of different causes, but it usually stems from an obstructed nasal airway, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, weak throat and tongue muscles, bulky throat tissue or a long soft palate and/or uvula. Habitual snorers are commonly at risk for sleep apnea, as well as chronic tiredness, unnecessary strain on the heart and a reduction in their overall quality of life.
How can I reduce or potentially eliminate snoring on my own?
- Sleep on your side to counteract the pull of gravity
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms
- Relieve nasal congestion with nasal sprays or nasal strips to increase nasal airflow
- Avoid alcohol within four hours of sleep
Treatment with Oral Appliances
One treatment for sleep apnea is a plastic oral appliance that can help keep your breathing passages open as you sleep. The oral appliance is a molded device that is placed in the mouth at night to hold the lower jaw and bring the tongue forward. It elevates the soft palate and keeps the tongue from falling back in the airway and blocking breathing. Oral appliances often work best with people who are not obese and have mild to moderate sleep apnea but cannot tolerate CPAP treatment.
If you wish to use an oral appliance, your dentist at can customize one for you. Call us at (202) 223-6300 to schedule a consultation.