Snoring Prevention


Multi-generation family portrait snoringDo you get nudged or elbowed throughout the night because of snoring? Or, are you the one doing the nudging? Either way, snoring can make for a frustrated bed partner and affect the quality of your sleep. Finding the right treatment for snoring prevention can save not only your sleep, but also your sleep partner’s sanity.


About 80 million Americans snore. Half of these individuals are called simple or primary snorers. They have mild, yet chronic snoring problems. For the other half, snoring indicates other major complications that may affect your health. This is often referred to as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can lead to higher blood pressure, struggling for breath, and heart disease or stroke. The best way to find treatment for snoring is to first determine what type of snorer you are and the leading causes of your labored breathing at night.


What Causes Snoring?


When soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse, it causes vibration as the air passes through. What are the common contributors to this condition? Large tonsils, a long soft palate, the uvula, excess fat deposits, and a large tongue. They can all contribute to blocking of the airway. Other contributors include alcohol consumption, sleep aides or sedatives, and excess body weight. Allergies and a deviated septum may also lead to snoring. As the throat relaxes and the space of the airway narrows, snoring will become louder and more habitual. These are just a few reasons why finding a good treatment for snoring is highly recommended.


Your Dentist can help with Snoring Prevention


A more restful sleep may be in your future if you contact us for an appointment. With a simple checklist or sleep test, our dentist can determine the exact cause of snoring and advise you on the best treatment plan. Snoring prevention can range from lifestyle alterations to oral devices and even surgery. The most common snoring prevention treatment in our office is the Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). It was recently developed in the past decade for those who suffer from regular snoring.

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Benefits of MAD


  • Reduction in apneas for those with mild to moderate cases
  • Improved sleep in wearers and partners
  • Reduction or prevention of chronic snoring
  • Only worn during sleep
  • Can fit numerous mouth shapes


What is MAD?


MAD treatment is the most widely used dental device to prevent snoring. This specially designed dental device, that sort of resembles a mouth guard, is meant to be worn at night. The appliance attaches to both the upper and lower jaw with rubber straps connecting the two devices. It keeps the lower jaw in a forward position and opens up the airway. The small, plastic device keeps the soft tissues of the throat from collapsing. It is gentle and comfortable to wear. It will help you breathe better, giving you a full and quiet night’s sleep. It even helps eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. The customized device can also be structured to keep your tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Because the appliance is designed to meet your specific needs, it is completely comfortable to wear. You may not even notice it after the first few mornings.


Once you are fitted with MAD, you should have a check-up early on to see how the device is working. Once you have success with the device, it means long-term benefits for you and your sleep partner. Your device may need to be periodically adjusted or replaced, but for the most part if you keep it clean and well maintained MAD can last for a while. It is easy to use and a pain free, non-surgical dental treatment for snoring.


Other Lifestyle Changes to Help Treat Snoring


  • Check your sleep position
  • Lose weight
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol
  • Practice better sleep habits
  • Open nasal passages


Research shows that MAD can be just as effective as, if not more effective than, surgery for snoring prevention. If you are a primary snorer, or have mild to moderate sleep apnea, you can get treatment through the Mandibular Advancement Devices. Our dentist can help! The fit of these appliances is excellent and comfortable and allows uninhibited oral breathing.


To learn more about your snoring and about MAD, contact us today. We can easily schedule an appointment and consultation. Once evaluated and all your questions are answered, you will be well on your way to a better night’s sleep, for you and your sleep partner.

Call us at (301) 236-9000 to schedule an appointment!