When you’re asleep, the muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth automatically relax. The lower jaw and tongue drop back, helping block and decrease the airway opening. This results in an increase in the velocity of air flowing through your airway when you breathe. The increased velocity causes soft tissues in your mouth and throat to vibrate. That familiar snoring sound is actually the sound of those tissues vibrating. Snoring not only robs you of the rest you need, it also robs those closest to you. You both wake up tired, and often feel irritable and sluggish during the day.
Snoring is affected by diet, health, lifestyle, age, weight, environment and other factors. At Buckden Dental Clinic we recommend Snore Guard to our patients. Snore Guard is a small oral appliance professionally fitted by your dentist. It has a unique inner lining that is softened by heat during the fitting process. (Similar to an athletic mouth guard.) The unit is custom fitted to your individual needs. It fits snugly over your top teeth while you sleep and is designed to prevent your tongue from dropping towards the back of your throat. This helps keep your airway open, effectively relieving the main cause of snoring.