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What is Snoring Therapy?

For some people, snoring at night can take over your whole day. It can affect your sleep patterns and your partner’s, causing tremendous fatigue and other issues.

Your dentist at Midtown Dentistry can help you find a solution for snoring.

If you’re looking for a Houston, Texas snoring specialist, Midtown Dentistry can create a snoring therapy device designed to help you sleep soundly through the night.

Midtown Dentistry dentists are experienced with the causes of snoring and can create a comfortable, removable device that will inhibit your snoring. Let our snoring therapy dentists help you get a peaceful night’s rest.

Snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness are indications of obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that limits respiratory airflow and intermittently disrupts breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea may put your heart at risk. If left untreated, it is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, strokes, all signs of cardiovascular disease. Treating obstructive sleep apnea can decrease the risks for cardiovascular disease and improve heart performance.

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE SNORE?

There are many reasons why people snore. Snoring can occur when there are large structures in the throat which can range from tonsils to a long or soft palate.

Your muscles relax as you sleep, it causes the airway to narrow and close in on the structures within your throat, resulting in partially obstructing the airflow as you breathe.

As the air passes through your throat and reaches the obstructions, instead of flowing over them, they vibrate — and this causes that loud snoring sound.

Excess fat deposits can also contribute to narrowing the airway as you sleep and can cause snoring.

Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Snoring

At Midtown Dentistry Dentistry, we have several non-surgical snoring solutions to help people suffering from sleep apnea.  The best way to treat sleep apnea is to find a way to open the airway passages.

Opening the flow of air to the lungs and reduces any blockages in the airway.

If you are lucky and only have a mild case, simply getting down to a healthy weight may solve the problem.  Extra fat in a person’s neck (especially if your neck is over 17 inches) can cause sleep apnea as it reduces the air passage.

Non-Surgical Snoring Solutions:  Sleep Apnea / Snoring Appliance

Many people who snore are reluctant to try the cumbersome sleep apnea machines.  The good news is there are other options.   We have found an oral dental appliance similar to a mouthguard to be very successful in preventing sleep apnea and stopping snoring.

At  Midtown Dentistry, our expert dentists work with Great Lakes Orthodontics Laboratory who are the inventors of the Klearway® Appliance.*

The Klearway  Sleep Apnea/Snoring mouthpiece looks like a mouthguard or a retainer whos pieces are custom shaped to your mouth. making them comfortable to wear while you sleep.

The plastic sleep apnea/snoring mouthguard pushes your lower jaw and tongue forward to help open the airway.  If worn regularly, the Klearway Appliance has shown to successfully reduce or even stop snoring and sleep apnea in patients.

Dr. Jonathan Penchas has treated many patients using custom appliances and night guards. Dr. Penchas and the other dentists at Midtown Dentistry work closely with physicians and sleep centers to determine a diagnosis and develop the best treatment protocol for each patient.

Before seeking treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, patients should have a sleep study performed at a sleep center. The Klearway Appliance is a recognized sleep apnea treatment, and many medical insurance policies will cover the cost of a sleep apnea appliance.

Visit a certified disorder center to see if you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

 

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