It’s hard enough these days to make sure you get enough sleep for optimum health without battling a snoring habit that can disturb healthy sleep patterns. When snoring occurs, it can interrupt restorative sleep and keep everyone in the house awake. Loud snoring may also cause partners to seek refuge in another room, which can affect intimacy in a relationship.
Quality sleep is essential to the efficient function of every system within the body. Inadequate restorative sleep can cause mood disorders, weight gain and heart disease as well as complicate diabetes.
At Dr Peter Etcell and Associates, we offer a convenient solution to quiet snoring.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat begin to relax and allow the tissue or tongue to narrow the airway toward the back of the throat. Narrow airways create vibrations when patients inhale and exhale during sleep.
Certain factors increase snoring:
- Excess weight or obesity
- Alcohol or drug use
- Certain medications
- Sinus infections and colds
- Enlarged adenoids (tonsils)
While snoring is more common in men, anyone can snore, including children. Waking up with a sore throat is an indication of snoring, but you may not know you snore unless a family member or partner tells you.
Other signs include:
- Waking up unrested
- Daytime drowsiness
- Inability to concentrate
Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT)
One alternative to surgery that reduces the excess tissue at the back of the throat is oral appliance therapy designed to provide relief without invasive surgeries.
We work with patients using SomnoDent appliances to open the airway and help you get a more restful night’s sleep. Seeking treatment from sleep-disordered breathing can improve mental sharpness, mood and quality of life.
SomnoMed, the maker of SomnoDent appliances, shows clinical effectiveness in research studies using this innovative treatment. Patients find this method of snoring treatment is easy to comply with compared to other forms of snoring treatment.
How Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring Works
Oral appliances for snoring and other types of sleep-disordered breathing use a comfortable custom nightguard to gently guide the lower (mandibular) jaw forward, removing tissue from the back of the throat where snoring vibrations occur.
SomnoDent provides a number of snoring appliances for the varying needs of patients. Dr Etcell will discuss which one will benefit you the most, along with a few simple lifestyle changes that can help you enjoy improved restorative sleep.
Ready for a Restful, Quiet Night of Sleep?
Contact Dr Peter Etcell and Associates. Our dental clinic is conveniently located near the Fairfield train station for easy access. Dr Etcell’s uncompromising clinical excellence with all types of dentistry, anti-snoring treatment and family dentistry makes us your convenient location for a healthier life.