What are the causes of sleep apnea and snoring?
The snoring and sleep apnea are often originated from the nose, tonsil, palate, uvula and tongue base problems.
How are snoring and sleep apnea treated?
First, a detailed examination is required to establish a diagnosis. Then, the patient should try to use a mouthpiece prescribed by the dental professional depending on the degree of disease. In some cases, the patients are given a mask that will be worn when they sleep over the night. This mask delivers compressed air to the throat for the patient to have comfortable sleep. However, this mask is not preferred much because they are not very comfortable. In severe cases, a number of surgical interventions may be required.
What is a snoring mouthpiece? Why should I use a snoring mouthpiece?
A snoring mouthpiece is a custom-made apparatus that is made to fit the oral and dental structure of you and can be removed. This mouthpiece is worn when you go to sleep during night time and allows to shift the lower jaw frontward. So, the tongue base moves forward to open the airway. The airway is expanded by regular use of this mouthpiece during night time. The obstruction is eliminated to give comfort to the patient. The sleep of the patient is regulated. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the shorter the treatment time is. If the disease is diagnosed early, it is more advantageous over other methods. It is easy to use and carry, the snoring is reduced as soon as it is used; surgical intervention is not required, and it is a cheap method.
What else should I do to reduce snoring?
It may be useful to lie on one side while sleeping and to use high pillow. In addition, you should avoid eating and drinking alcoholic beverages 4-5 hours before you go to bed. The snoring may be increased if you go to bed tired and take muscle relaxants and sleeping aids before you go to bed. First and foremost, you need to lose your extra kilos.