By Mr. Sameer Merchant, CEO, Illusion Aligners
Snoring occurs when air flows past the tissues in your throat causing them to vibrate as you breathe. Almost all of us snore now and then, but some people may experience it as a chronic problem. It may also indicate serious health disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and increased risk of heart attack, stroke. Disruption in the quality sleep due to snoring can also cause stress, poor concentration and fatigue and can even be linked to diabetes and mental health issues.
Snoring can also affect a person’s personal life because his/her family who shares his/her room and bed can also be affected by the snoring and their lack of quality sleep can lead to similar issues like stress, lack of concentration and so forth.
According to doctors, snoring—found in one in every four adults, especially men—is mostly caused by a breathing disorder during sleep. But it goes undiagnosed most of the time because many people in our country are ignorant about the seriousness of the issue. Additionally, people are not aware that it can be treated easily.
Oral appliances are now available easily that can treat this condition without much trouble. These oral anti-snoring appliances are effective and are also easy to wear. They can help cure a person’s snoring and help his/her family get 6-8 hours of deep and restful sleep. One should consult his/her dentist and get screened for proper diagnosis.
Dentists can simply diagnose these cases at their clinics. Sleep disorder, or OSA, may occur when the upper airway gets blocked, partly or completely during sleep. But nowadays, oral appliance therapy has become a well-known treatment for snoring and OSA which are caused by a constricted or collapsed airway.
Snoring can be caused by obesity, bulky throat tissues, nasal congestion, enlarged tonsils, nasal septum, sleep position, alcohol consumption. Treatment for snoring can depend on the type of problems it causes and can include lifestyle changes, mouth exercises, or the use of CPAP machines. The use of oral appliances is high since these are not only lightweight but also easy to wear.
Oral Anti-Snoring Appliances are Effective & Comfortable
So, instead of CPAP machines, oral appliances, such as chin strips, vestibular shields, mandibular advancement devices and so on can be used.
These are self-adhesive strips of tape fixed under the chin to keep the mouth closed during sleep.
These are plastic devices fitted inside the mouth to obstruct airflow through it and improve nasal breathing to prevent snoring.
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)
Also called elastic mandibular advancement (EMA) appliances, these help move the lower jaw gradually forward to increase the airflow space in the pharynx and stop the vibration of the tongue in the area. These oral appliances are more effective because they can be customized for each patient to alleviate the harmful effects of snoring and mild-to-moderate OSA symptoms. The connectors at the sides fix the degree of mandibular advancement according to the need of each patient. Many of these appliances have connectors instead of elastic straps for lateral movements too. These appliances set the muscles and ligaments in motion to stop the airway from closing during the night. Moreover, these devices also help patients with such issues as teeth grinding and mouth breathing.
Importance of Oral Appliances
• Comfortable & easy to adjust
• Help reduce OSA issues
• Promote 6-8 hours of sound sleep
• Reduce fatigue and stress
• Improve quality of life
With these oral devices, dentists can spread awareness about sleep apnea and its useful treatment among common people. The devices are very effective in treating patients with mild-to-moderate OSA issues. Nowadays, there has been a growing demand for MADs/EMAs because these not only help relieve OSA symptoms, but also help people get 6-8 hours of restful sleep, besides getting rid of issues like morning headache. The appliances also effectively reduce stress and improve the general quality of life for these patients and their families.