Treatment for Snoring, Charlotte Dentist NC

Before treating snoring, it must be confirmed that the patient does not have sleep apnea. This is done by first taking the Epworth Sleepiness Survey. If your score is high enough (indicating you may have sleep apnea)then you will be referred to a physician for a overnight sleep study or polysomnography.

 

 

  • Weight loss - as little as 10 pounds can make a difference
  • Change of sleeping position - lay on your side instead of your back
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and heavy metals - at least 3 hours before bed time
  • Avoid sedatives - can relax your throat muscles and increase the tendency for obstructive related snoring
  • Eliminate allergens - if you suffer from allergies, eliminate allergens from the bedroom - such as pets, regularly wash sheets in hot water to remove dust mites, and remove mold.
  • Use a humidifier if the air in your room is too dry
  • A variety of products help you sleep on your side – a position that can decrease snoring.
  • A variety of products help dilate your nasal passages, such as strips and nasal support products.
  • There are pills sprays and herbal products that claim to decrease nasal congestion and devices to correct mouth breathing.

--- If lifestyle changes do not decrease your snoring then dental and medical treatment will be needed ---

 

 

Dental treatment for snoring

Mandibular (lower jaw) Advancement Appliance

The mandibular advancement appliance (above) will bring the lower jaw and longue forward to open the back of the throat and allow better air flow. Unlike some oral appliances which are stiff, Dr. Plascyk’s appliance allows movement of the lower jaw laterally (left and right) for better patients comfort.

Medical treatment for snoring: 

  •  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) - a device that blows a continuus stream of air in your nose and mouth to keep the airway open.
     
  • There are many different surgical techniques to reduce or alter the tissue in the nose, mouth or throat. The techniques vary in the tissue treated, location and technique (laser, scaple, implants, etc.). The particular techniques are beyond the scope of this discussion.


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Patient with CPAP device
 

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