Snoring is a problem for a lot of people, and virtually every single one of them wants to stop snoring. There are so many articles and products being pitched online about anti-snoring nasal strips, mouth guards, even pillows. Perhaps you have tried some of them.
Are you at the point now where you just want to know, what is the best snoring treatment? You might be surprised to learn that a dentist has the best snoring treatment you can get. But finding the right dentist in Calgary SE for snoring treatment might be a challenge.
Understanding what causes snoring is important to choosing the best method to stop it. The basic mechanics of snoring are that it occurs when the soft palate at the back of the mouth closes off part of the airway during sleep, causing the sound of snoring. It also occurs if there are blockages in the nasal passages, such as when you have a bad cold.
Addressing nasal congestion with medication and a humidifier helps with swollen nasal tissues. However, medications which relax muscles make snoring worse because they are relaxing the muscles at the back of the throat as well. Some individuals are snorers because they have excess throat and nasal tissue.
Other people snore because they are overweight, or they sleep on their backs, or they drink too much late at night. Losing weight, learning to sleep on one side, or avoiding alcohol late at night might make a difference for these snorers.
But for the vast majority of people, the best method to stop snoring is to prevent the blockage of the airway at night during sleep. This is why a dentist can provide the right solution. By creating an appliance which is customized to your mouth, a dentist can address the problem at its source with a solution created just for you.
At Outdoor Dental, Dr. Jay Patel is an experienced family dentist who is also trained to treat sleep apnea and snoring, He has several approaches to snoring treatments that are effective. First, he investigates to determine whether or not the patient has sleep apnea which is more serious than just snoring. Most patients with sleep apnea snore, but snoring is not always an indicator of sleep apnea.
Once he understands the cause of your snoring, Dr. Patel can determine if an oral appliance will be the best snoring solution for you. An oral appliance is customized to fit your mouth, is comfortable to wear, and is effective at treating snoring. It is designed to position the lower jaw slightly forward and down to open the airway.
Dr. Patel can take oral photographs to design a custom Vivos® dental sleep appliance specifically for you to wear at nights while you sleep. Vivos® has added benefits of straightening teeth, improving facial structure, and treating TMJ.
There are several surgical procedures which can address snoring. However, Dr. Patel prefers to use a non-surgical procedure. Most snorers are palate snorers.
For palate snoring, he uses Solea Sleep which is a specific non-surgical treatment to address snoring. Using the Solea All-Tissue laser, Dr. Patel can administer a low-power application which provides rapid relief from snoring. The laser tightens the soft palate of tissue which reduces the vibrations that cause patients to snore. Some laser sleep treatments require as many as 4 – 30 minute sessions.
However, with Solea, Dr. Patel can provide you with a single non-surgical treatment that takes about 15 minutes to perform, and the treatment lasts 12-18 months depending on how long it takes for your collagen to regenerate.
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