Treatment for Snoring

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and both genders, and it affects approximately 90 million American adults — 37 million on a regular basis. Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. Persons most at risk are males and those who are overweight, but snoring is a problem of both genders, although it is possible that women do not present with this complaint as frequently as men. Snoring usually becomes more serious as people age. It can cause disruptions to your own sleep and your bed-partner's sleep. It can lead to fragmented and un-refreshing sleep which translates into poor daytime function (tiredness and sleepiness). The two most common adverse health effects that are believed to be casually linked to snoring are daytime dysfunction and heart disease.  About one-half of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea .

What is Sleep Apnea?
Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. This is a potentially serious condition with symptoms that include daytime drowsiness, falling asleep while driving, memory loss, and irritability. In serious cases, and if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to brain damage and even death from hypoxia.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

  • Weight loss
  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
  • Dental appliance
  • Positional therapy
  • Surgery (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty / UP3)

Top Quality Snoring Appliances
There are many appliances used to treat snoring. Morgan Dentistry is currently using Tap III and Herbst appliances with great success to treat snoring.