Snoring occurs when a person’s airways have narrowed, causing the air that passes through it as we breathe to vibrate the soft tissue of the throat. In principle, snoring isn’t normal and you should know why you are snoring to receive the best treatment. Your body could be telling you to that you have sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea.
During sleep apnea, snorers actually stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night. It’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis because of sleep apnea’s many implications in other health conditions. Sleep apnea raises your risk of heart attack, depression, and diabetes. But even if snoring is due to a case of seasonal allergies or nasal congestion, there are snoring solutions and treatments that can improve those conditions.
If you think you suffer from sleep apnea, you can have a sleep test done, after a referral from your GP. Your GP might then advise you the best treatment modality for the same, which can include wearing an oral appliance/snoring appliance.
A snoring appliance is worn during sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Studies show that oral appliance therapy may be an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.