How Oral Appliance Can Stop Your Snoring
For many, snoring is more than just an annoyance. The condition can also lead to a lack of sleep for both you and your bed partner. Fortunately, there are many solutions that help to alleviate snoring.
A snoring mouthpiece, also known as an oral appliance, is a special medical device that is worn inside of the mouth to prevent the tongue and soft tissues in the back of your throat from collapsing during sleep. Oral devices are used to treat snoring and mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.
In this blog post, Manhattan ENT specialist, Dr. David O. Volpi will explain how oral appliances are used as an effective snoring treatment.
How Do Oral Appliances Work as a Snoring Treatment?
Prior to being prescribed an oral appliance, a board certified otolaryngologist, or ENT doctor, may ask you to complete an overnight sleep study to assess the severity of your snoring. Snoring mouthpieces are custom-made to fit each individual patient.
These devices fit like a sports mouth guard or retainer. By positioning your tongue and or your jaw, the mouthpiece ensures that your airway will remain open during sleep by preventing the soft tissues found in your mouth and throat from collapsing and obstructing your breathing. The device may also increase your tongue’s muscle tone. Following the introduction of your new snoring mouthpiece, your doctor will use acoustic reflection technology, known as pharyngometry, which will monitor any changes to your airway and ensure that your device is correctly positioned.
Why Should I Choose an Oral Appliance as a Snoring Treatment?
While CPAP treatment is usually the go-to prescription for snoring and sleep apnea, it does not work well for everyone. Masks can feel constricting and for frequent travelers, hauling bulky equipment around is not ideal. Those with severe sleep apnea may also be required to use a high amount of pressure for CPAP therapy to work effectively.
Custom snoring mouthpieces provide a comfortable and non-invasive alternative to CPAP machines. Oral appliances can also be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy. By moving your jaw backward while you sleep, your CPAP machine will not have to work as hard to keep your airway open, resulting in a more comfortable night of sleep.
What are the Benefits of an Oral Appliance?
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can lead to complications that range from daytime sleepiness to high blood pressure. A custom-fit snoring mouthpiece can help to improve the quality of your sleep and help you from experiencing many of the negative effects of mild sleep apnea.
Oral appliances are a cost-effective treatment option for sleep apnea, snoring and related conditions and are covered by many medical insurance policies. Some of the additional benefits of snoring mouthpieces include:
- They are easy to use
- They are custom fitted for comfort
- They provide immediate relief with a short adjustment period
- They are convenient to travel with
- They serve as a viable alternative for those who cannot tolerate CPAP treatment
- They have a higher compliance rate than CPAP treatment
- They can significantly and immediately improve the quality of life for sleep apnea sufferers.
Where Can I Find the Best Snoring Treatment in NYC?
The first step toward getting a snoring mouthpiece is to schedule an appointment with a board certified otolaryngologist with experience successfully treating snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. David O. Volpi is a Manhattan-based board certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of specialized experience. He is one of the leading obstructive sleep apnea specialists in the U.S. and is recognized nationwide for his expertise in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring.
- Posted on: Sep 30 2016