Snoring is a big problem. 45% of adult men and 30% of adult women snore regularly – at least a few nights every week. 25% of adults are considered habitual snorers.
The problem isn’t going away. It has a tendency to get worse with age. Your patients may find that they snore more if they have nasal congestion from allergies or a cold, if they use any alcohol or sedating medications, or if they have put on a few extra pounds.
Snoring affects not only the snorer, but also others sleeping in the house. The snorer, as well as those forced to listen to it, may all experience headaches, fatigue, and concentration problems during the day as well as personal embarrassment. Snoring has widespread health implications including hypertension, depression and cardiac disease.
Many people really don’t know what causes their snoring and don’t believe there is any way to stop it. It can be a helpless feeling when you don’t want to interrupt others in the night but have no way of preventing it.
Snoring comes from the throat. It is caused when your airway becomes partially blocked. When you sleep, you relax. Your muscles and soft tissues in the back of your mouth and throat - the tongue, uvula, upper throat, and soft palate - rub together creating vibrations and noise.
In its most severe form, the relaxation of the upper airway is so complete that the lungs may not receive oxygen for up to 30 seconds. This is called "Obstructive Sleep Apnea". In response to this deprivation of oxygen, your body triggers an internal alarm and you partially wake. This is usually accompanied by loud gasps for air that can last 3 seconds or more, until you fall asleep and the cycle starts all over again.
Snoring is also affected by diet, health, lifestyle, age, weight, environment and other factors.
A Snore Guard will help eliminate snoring by preventing the jaw from dropping back into the throat and restricting the air passage. Keeping the air-way open greatly reduces snoring.
Dr. Krueger will professionally custom fit your Snore Guard to your individual needs.
It fits snugly over the top teeth and is designed to keep your lower jaw in a comfortable, slightly forward position while sleeping. This keeps the airway open, helping to eliminate snoring.