How Your Dentist Can Help?
Dentists are aware of the health issues associated with snoring and sleep apnea, so much so that the profession has an academy that watches the problem, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). If you go to your dentist to treat your snoring/sleep, he or she may recommend that you undergo oral appliance therapy. (Your dentist will give you a prescription for an oral appliance to be custom made for you.) An oral appliance is comfortable and is something akin to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. It works by helping to keep your jaw in a forward position while you sleep, helping to keep your mouth’s upper airway open. The AADSM says wearing an oral appliance is often effective in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Many insurance plans (medical and/or dental) cover oral appliances and your dentist will look at the particular shape of your mouth and condition and recommend one that’s right for you (the FDA has approved more than 100 different types). You can schedule an appointment with a local dentist near you to review the option that works best for your particular condition and needs.
Your dentist may recommend losing weight (overweight people snore more than those who are not overweight), quitting smoking (if you’re a smoker), and sleeping on your side if your snoring is light and more of an annoyance for your sleeping partner and you do not have sleep apnea.
If you or someone you know snores and you’re worried it might be more than “mere” light snoring, make an appointment with a Jefferson Dental Clinics dentist. We look forward to helping you get a good night’s sleep.