Snoring Appliances

Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be rather loud and quite unpleasant. Generally speaking, the structures involved are the uvula and soft palate. The irregular airflow is caused by a passageway blockage and usually due to one of the following:
  • Throat weakness, causing the throat to close during sleep
  • Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in the muscles
  • Fat gathering in and around the throat
  • Obstruction in the nasal passageway
  • The tissues at the top of airways touching each other causing vibrations
  • Relaxants such as alcohol or drugs relaxing throat muscles
  • Sleeping on one's back, which may result in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth.
Specially made dental appliances called mandibular advancement splints, which advance the lower jaw slightly and thereby pull the tongue forward, are a common mode of treatment for snoring. Typically, a dentist specializing in sleep apnea dentistry is consulted. Such appliances have been proven to be effective in reducing snoring and sleep apnea in cases where the apnea is mild to moderate. Mandibular advancement splints are often tolerated much better than CPAP machines. Possible but rare side effects include gradual movement of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder, excess salivation and gum irritation.

Crossing Bridge Family Dentistry - Dentist in Stittsville

1250 Stittsville Main St., Suite C14
Stittsville, ON K2S 1S9
Phone: (613) 435-4340
Fax: (613) 435-6544
Email: Info at CrossingBridgeFamilyDentistry dot com