What Causes Snoring – Dental Advice On Causes & Solutions

snoring remediesWhen we breathe, air flows into our lungs through the mouth and nose. When this airway gets obstructed in our nose, mouth (oral cavity) or neck, air turbulence occurs leading to vibration of the tissues in the throat. This is what causes snoring. The tissues that move are where the upper part of the soft palate and uvula meet the tongue.

What causes snoring is narrowing of the airway and vibration of the soft palate and uvula. If you still have tonsils or adenoids, these can also vibrate from turbulent air flow and increase the sound of your snoring.

Some of the leading causes of snoring due a narrow airway include:

1) Weight gain which causes increased tissue mass around the neck and throat area

2) Congestion of the nasal passages from allergens and dust mites

3) A deviated nasal septum

4) Poor sleep positions which can lead to collapse of the tongue and soft palate

5) Alcohol consumption close to bedtime

6) Medications that can cause excess relaxation of the airway muscles such as muscle relaxants and medications for anxiety and depression.

Noises associated with snoring can range from soft and light to a thunderous roar. Snoring can often be associated with other serious problems such as:

1) Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

2) High Blood Pressure

3) Erectile Dysfunction

4) Extreme daytime tiredness

5) Low Sex Drive

6) Difficulty concentrating

It’s important to consult with your physician or dentist trained in sleep medicine to rule out the serious condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA occurs when your tongue blocks your airway from 10-40 seconds. This can cause you to wake up several times during the night gasping for air. This obstruction leads to oxygen deprivation of the brain and stress to your cardiovascular system.

If you believe you have the snoring symptoms of this serious condition, immediately consult with a qualified health professional to determine what causes snoring for you . If you suffer from simple snoring without sleep apnea and are searching for some quick and easy ways on how to stop snoring, you can check out these snoring remedies.

Stop Snoring Mouthpiece – Dental Advice On Best Mouthpieces To Stop Snoring

Which Stop Snoring Mouthpiece Is Best For You?

snoring mouthpieceSnoring happens when the pathway from your nose and mouth to your lungs is narrowed causing the tissues of the throat to vibrate. One factor that contributes to the narrowing of the airway is when the tongue, tonsils and soft palate relax and fall back when you sleep. Based on this fact, stop snoring mouthpieces were developed to correct this condition by repositioning the lower jaw forward. When the lower jaw is moved forward, the tongue is also repositioned away from the back of the throat opening up the airway.

If you suffer from mild snoring, these mouthpieces can significantly reduce your symptoms of snoring. In a minute, I’ll go over some of the popular over the counter stop snoring mouthpieces and my recommendations.

However, if you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition where you wake up gasping for air several time throughout the night, further medical treatment may be necessary. OSA is caused when your tongue falls backward and obstructs your airway for a period of 10-40 seconds. Your bedtime partner will be one of your best witnesses to this condition.

If you suspect you may have OSA, don’t attempt self treatment with over an over the counter mouthpiece or device. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, OSA can lead to more serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, forgetfulness, and extreme daytime tiredness. Medical treatment for this condition needs to be diagnosed by a qualified doctor or dentist trained in sleep medicine. Your doctor may refer you for a sleep study and a CPAP (continuous airway positive airway pressure) device may be prescribed at bedtime. Surgery to remove excess tissue may also be indicated.

Patients who have used the CPAP device have had a high rate of success in treating OSA. However, you may be one of those patients who cannot tolerate wearing the device all night for the following reasons:

1) The device can be uncomfortable and noise

2) CPAP treatment hasn’t been successful

3) You don’t qualify for CPAP treatment

4) Your treatment success requires behavioral lifestyle changes such as weight loss

5) You prefer a device that is smaller and easier to use

In fact, studies have shown properly fitting stop snoring mouthpieces or appliances are 50-70% successful in treating mild snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. This exceed the success rate for surgical intervention to treat snoring. In fact, the Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends snoring appliances as the first choice to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea.

You local dentist can fabricate a custom appliance to treat your snoring. While you will invest a little more than over the counter stop snoring mouthpieces, you will get better results with a proper fitting mouthpiece. In addition, you will be under the care of a qualified professional to monitor your snoring, especially if you suffer from sleep apnea. My advice is to seek a dentist trained in sleep medicine who can treat mild to moderate sleep apnea.

If you decide you want to experiment with over the counter snoring mouthpieces to save money, exercise caution when purchasing these products. They are only suitable if you have mild snoring and not all products perform the same. You’ll see many of these products advertised under the names of SnoreRx, Pure Sleep, Z Quiet, Snore Mender, and Ripsnore.

Some of these over the counter products are made with dental lab quality materials while others are boil-and-bite. Some products require you to take a self impression of your teeth and send to the manufacturer to fabricate. Some of these products are designed to automatically reposition the lower jaw forward while some use screws to accomplish this movement.

If you want more information on the effectiveness of these products and to learn more about what custom snoring appliances your dentist can make, you’ll want to grab a copy of my special report.

Stop Snoring Aids & Devices – Dental Advice On What Really Works Best

Stop Snoring Aids & Devices – Dental Advice On What Really Works Best

snore mouthpieceIf you’re among the 90 million Americans who suffer from snoring, you’ve probably experienced the guilt, health problems, and embarrassment that accompanies it. Restless nights, falling asleep during the day, forgetfulness, high blood pressure, and driving your partner to seek refuge in a separate bedroom are some of the consequences you’ve had to bear. I suffered from snoring just like you so I know what you’re going through.

You get to the point where you become desperate to cure this condition and desperately seek to buy any stop snoring aids or devices that promise to eliminate your snoring problem. With so many over the counter products ranging from books, anti-snore pillows, chinstrap devices, sprays, nasal strips, and stop snoring mouthpieces, how do you know what products really work?

Before we explore some of these stop snoring aids and devices, it’s important to understand what causes snoring. Snoring occurs when airflow from the mouth and nose into the lungs is disturbed. This usually happens during sleep when the tongue and upper part of the soft palate relax and obstruct the airway. Narrowing of the airway increases airflow causing the tissues of the throat to vibrate which leads to snoring.

If you snore and wake up gasping for air in the middle of the night, you could be suffering from a more serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when you stop breathing for period of 10-40 seconds and wake up gasping for air. If you believe you suffer from this serious medical condition, don’t try to self treat your snoring problem with over the counter stop snoring aids or devices. Your treatment needs to be supervised by the care of a doctor or dentist trained in sleep medicine.

If you suffer from benign or mild snoring, there are a multitude of stop snoring aids and devices that promise to cure your condition. In order to know which product is suitable for you, you must know the cause of your snoring. Let’s go over the most common aids:

1) Nasal Strips

2) Acupressure Finger Rings

3) Lubricating Mouth Spray

4) Anti-Snore Pillow

5) Stop Snoring Mouthpiece

6) Chinstrap

My Snoring Solution – Independant Dental Review Of This Product

My snoring solutionWhen I first saw My Snoring Solution advertised, I thought what an odd looking contraption! Who in the world would wear such a snoring aid that looked like an oversized headband? I decided to evaluate this product and put it to the test. Would it really cure my snoring problem as advertised?

Before I discuss what My Snoring Solution does, lets review the causes of snoring. Snoring occurs when the tongue, soft palate, and uvula relax to the back of the throat during sleep causing obstruction of the airway and vibration of the throat tissues. There are a multitude of over the counter stop snoring devices that function on repositioning the jaw to keep the tongue and soft palate from collapsing the airway.

This snoring strap claims to keep your jaw in an upward position which promotes a larger three dimensional airway, reducing or eliminating turbulent airflow which can cause shoring. Use of this strap is supposed to keep your chin from falling backward and down which can lead to narrowing of your airway. The manufacturer also claims this product may promote healthy REM sleep and normal jaw positioning.

As I read the features of this stop snoring aid, I have several concerns about their claims.

Anti Snore Pillow – Dental Advice For Consumers

anti snoring pillowSnoring is so prevalent that it affects up to 40% of the general population. When we sleep, our tongue and the upper part of our soft palate relax and collapse to the back of the throat. This leads to obstruction of the airway and turbulent airflow which causes the tissues of the throat to vibrate. This would be the equivalent of you trying to breathe through a narrow straw.

There are a multitude of stop snoring aids and devices for sale promising to open up your airway and eliminate snoring. These aids range from straps, stop snoring mouthpieces, dental snore guards, and Anti Snore Pillows.

The purpose of the Anti-Snore Pillow was to cradle your head and neck and reposition your lower jaw forward to keep the airway open. These pillows claim to conform to the natural contours of your body to relieve pressure and provide proper support for your neck without the need for straps, slings, sleeves, or adjustment to your current sleeping style.

Many of these pillows are constructed out of memory or latex foam material and some have a curved design to fit your neck. Some even come with built in magnets to help relieve pain. These pillows are designed with a hump in the middle forcing you to sleep sideways on the pillow. Adjustable air chambers allow you to select the best neck support.

The design intent of the Anti Snore Pillow is to provide proper support of your neck and spine, thereby keeping the airway open and preventing snoring. There have been mixed results with consumers. I have compiled a special report on my tests of what snoring aids including anti snore pillows and which ones worked the best.

It’s important to know there can be several causes of snoring and determining the real reason why you snore is the first step to selecting the right product or treatment to treat your condition. For more information on how to stop snoring