With more than half the US dealing with constant snoring issues, finding a quality snoring aid is a vital aspect for your overall health and wellness. Because snoring is quite common, many seem to take it for granted, despite that however, snoring can be a symptom of a much more severe, even life-threatening condition known as sleep apnea. For those with more severe snoring, and other symptoms such as waking up gasping for air in the night or excessive daytime sleepiness it is important to acquire the services of a qualified sleep apnea specialist like Dr. Marina Pinkhasova of Affordable Dental Care. For such sleep apnea issues, Dr. Pinkhasova will often recommend the use of a snoring aid made by Somnomed – this device is an oral sleep apnea guard. The oral sleep apnea guard is designed to treat sleep apnea, as well as act as a snoring aid. However, a little-known fact is that not all snoring is the same and not all snorers suffer from the same type of snoring. Here are a few devices that act as a snoring aid for the different types of snoring.
· Tongue Snoring
This type of snoring occurs in small bursts, with a noticeably higher tone than others. This type of snoring happens exclusively when lying on your back, and occurs when the muscles in the tongue relax and the back of the tongue falls backwards in the throat, blocking your airways. For this type of snoring try things like a mouthguard known as the mandibular advancement device or MAD. This will help change the position of your tongue allowing you to stop snoring.
· Nasal Snoring
This type of snoring is the consistent fluttering and grunting noise. You will often here a whistle as well. These types of snorers will often have dry mouth, bad breath and experience constant headaches. These people will usually have sinus issues while awake too. The best snoring aid for this issue is anything that opens the nasal passages – nasal strips, a nasal rinse or neti pot, and in severe instances a surgical procedure like deviated septum surgery.
· Mouth Snoring
This type of snoring involves rumbling or fluttery noises, that sound like a cloth moving in the wind. These snorers will usually only snore when their mouths are open and is caused by flappy tissue in the back of the throat vibrating when airflow passes over it. For this type of snoring try a snoring aid like a nasal dilator, that improves your nasal passages, opening them so you no longer have to breath from your mouth. Otherwise certain mouthguards will prevent mouth breathing. For the most severe mouth snorers, surgery might be necessary in order to clear the excess tissue within the throat, especially within the soft palate.
Snoring might be common, but many of those with snoring issues suffer from sleep apnea. And because sleep apnea can be life-threatening, it is important to seek help from a sleep apnea specialist, like Dr. Marina Pinkhasova of Affordable Dental Care. For more information or to schedule your next appointment, contact Affordable Dental today.