If you’re a loud snorer that disturbs those around you at bedtime, (or if you’re the one suffering from sleeping near a loud snorer) - our dentist can help.
Before we get into dental snoring solutions offered by Dr. Fenn, let’s talk about the potential causes of loud snoring:
Some potential causes of loud snoring include being overweight or obese, being male and/or of older age, having a larger neck circumference and/or a more narrow throat/airway, having a family history of sleep apnea, having nasal congestion, in addition to regular use of alcohol and/or other substances such as sedatives or tranquilizers, and/or regular smoking.
Oral appliance therapy, comparable to that of a custom sports mouth guard, is offered to patients experiencing loud snoring.
This custom-made dental appliance, also referred to as a mandibular advancement device (MAD), works to help reduce snoring through gently and comfortably holding the lower jaw into protrusive positioning, which helps to keep the airway open during sleep, thus mitigating loud snoring.
Other preventive measures that can help to reduce loud snoring is to lose weight if you are overweight, in addition to avoiding the consumption of alcohol and/or smoking - but these efforts are not guaranteed to resolve a snoring problem.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is affected during sleep. Besides loud snoring, symptoms of sleep apnea include episodes in which breathing ceases (your sleep partner or another person would need to make you aware of this), gasping for air during sleep, waking up with a headache and/or a dry mouth, problems staying asleep (insomnia), in addition to problems staying awake in the day/ accompanied by excessive fatigue (hypersomnia).
If you or your sleep partner often feels fatigued even after plenty of rest, it’s important to consider that sleep apnea may be to blame - and you should bring this to the attention of a medical professional.
Ready to make loud snoring an issue of the past? Who isn’t?!
Our Dr. Fenn would be happy to consult with you about your snoring problem. This will typically involve an assessment of the teeth and oral soft tissues, as well as the jaw joints and facial muscles.
If necessary, our dentist will work with your doctor or physician to provide a personalized treatment plan that will combat your loud snoring and potential sleep apnea disorder - so not only will your snoring be improved, but your quality of sleep and energy levels during the daytime will, as well.
Contact us to schedule your dental snoring solution consultation in Toronto today!
We are conveniently located near Greektown on the TTC Danforth Avenue subway line between Greenwood Avenue and Coxwell Avenue.
1411 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 1N2