Snoring Therapy in St. Louis
Ballas Dental provides snoring therapy in St. Louis, MO. Call 314-432-5544 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Snoring affects both men and women, and patients of all ages. It may disrupt your sleep, or it could keep your partner up at night. Like sleep apnea, snoring is caused when the soft tissues in the throat relax, narrowing or blocking the airway. This causes the soft palate and tissues in the throat to vibrate; the narrower your airway becomes, the louder your snoring.
Common causes of snoring include:
- Inflammation of the tissues in the mouth, nose, or throat, including tonsils
- Blocked nasal passages, often caused by a cold or allergies
- Lack of muscle tone due to aging or poor fitness levels
- Alcohol or medications that cause relaxation
Treatment for Snoring
While there are many treatment options for snoring, one of the most effective is called a snore guard. This is a custom-made oral appliance that repositions the lower jaw and tongue in such a way that the soft tissues in the airway won’t relax and block air flow. Because a snore guard is a non-invasive solution for snoring, it’s recommended before resorting to surgery that stiffens or removes the soft tissue.
Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring Treatment
What is the best method to stop snoring?
Every patient is unique, and what works for one person might not work for another. For many patients, a snore guard is an effective treatment that helps them stop snoring by keeping the airway open and unobstructed while they sleep. Because a snore guard is non-invasive, it’s recommended before surgical interventions.
How can I stop snoring instantly?
A snore guard can immediately stop your snoring by preventing the soft tissues in your throat from blocking the airway. Because a snore guard is a treatment, not a cure, your snoring will return if you don’t wear it at night.
Why do I snore so loudly?
Snoring has a number of causes, including colds, allergies, inflammation, large tonsils, obesity, lack of muscle tone, and certain medications. If the cause of your snoring can be identified, you may be able to cure it without treatment. If, for example, your snoring is caused by allergies, treating your allergies can stop your snoring; snoring caused by obesity is often resolved with weight loss.
Do dental anti-snoring devices work?
Dental anti-snoring devices do not work for all patients, but they do work for many. Whether a snore guard works for you largely depends upon the severity of your snoring and the underlying cause.
Can a dentist tell if you snore?
Yes, we can often look at the soft tissues in your airway and tell if you snore. Many patients who snore also have bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding), so we also look for signs of wear on your teeth.
Call 314-432-5544 to schedule an appointment.