December 2, 2015
Affecting overall health and related to sleep apnea, snoring can stop with a custom snore guard from Boston dentist, Dr. Jack B. Share.
Snoring is more than a night time nuisance noise. Disruptive to interpersonal relationships, snoring also affects systemic health. In conjunction with primary care physicians, Boston dentist, Jack B. Share DDS, evaluates patients for sleep apnea treatment, bruxism and other problems related to the oral cavity. He prescribes customized snore guards to encourage restful sleep and to boost overall good health.
Why do people snore?
The National Sleep Foundation estimates that about 37 million adult Americans snore. Snoring happens when the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and vibrate, causing the characteristic snoring sound.
Of the people who snore on a regular basis, about 50 percent have a serious health condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea happens when those relaxed soft oral tissues actually block the airway, and snoring is accompanied by gasping, startled awakening and cessation of breathing. Called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA, this medical condition leads to:
- heart disease
- memory and concentration problems
- daytime sleepiness
- marital problems
While people of all ages and walks of life may snore, some individuals are more prone than others. Predisposing factors include:
- being male
- age (between 40 and 60)
- chronic sinus problems such as nasal polyps and deviated septum
- large neck circumference
- sleep position (lying on the back)
A simple solution
For mild to moderate snoring as diagnosed by a sleep physician, Dr. Jack Share frequently prescribes a snore guard and uses either digital or traditional impressions to construct the device. Custom-made for precision fit in the patient’s mouth, an acrylic snore guard places the jaw in a more forward position, opening the airway. Air freely moves in and out of the throat, reducing or completely eliminating snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Additionally, this oral appliance helps alleviate nightly bruxism or tooth grinding, a stress-related dental condition. During bruxism, the person clenches and grinds his teeth together, wearing and chipping tooth enamel and many times experiencing headaches, neck/ear pain, tooth sensitivity and sore facial muscles. A snore guard cushions the teeth and jaw, relieving the harsh physical forces associated with bruxism. It’s a great alternative or adjunct to medical interventions such as prescription muscle relaxants, physical or relaxation therapy, and reduction of caffeine intake.
Does your spouse say you snore?
If so, don’t ignore the problem because your health is too important. Tell your primary care physician, and see if he or she recommends a sleep study with a specialist. Also contact Jack B. Share DDS and his knowledgeable staff. They will work with you to determine if a snore guard would alleviate your problem.
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