- Vibrating issues within the airways of the nose and throat, is what causes snoring.
- Snoring is affected by the stage of sleep, sleeping position, and usage of medications and alcohol.
- Snoring can be a problem for the family members and sleeping partners of the snorer.
- Snoring also might be a sign of an underlying medical problem.
- Available treatments for snoring are both nonsurgical and surgical.
Snoring, can get worse from normal airflow through a narrowed area in the throat. What causes the narrowing is the tongue and palate falling backwards during sleep. There are new dental devices that have been developed that hold the jaw forward. Since the tongue is attached in the front to the jaw, it is also held forward when these devices are being used. There are specific devices that are designed to hold the palate up and forward.
Some dental devices may also be referred to as oral appliances or mandibular advancement devices. These devices are best made by a dentist or experienced physician to ensure a correct fit without causing problems and adequate treatment of the sleep problem. These devices may improve snoring in 70% to 90% of cases. There are some drawbacks to dental devices, however. They have to be worn every night in order to make a difference, can cause or exacerbate temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, can cause excessive salivation, and can be moderately expensive.