Snoring

We all snore from time to time, usually if we’re nursing a cold or a blocked nose. For some people, though, snoring is a long term condition which can be distressing for them and their partners. In these cases, dentists may be able to help.

Snoring happens when the soft palate and soft tissues in the throat vibrate together. Throat muscles relax during sleep, like all muscles, and this reduces the size of the airway. A dentist may be able to fit a special appliance which can be worn in the mouth to pull the lower jaw and tongue forward, keeping the airway open and reducing the chance of snoring.

How to Prevent Snoring

Snoring happens when the soft palate and soft tissues in the throat vibrate together. Throat muscles relax during sleep, like all muscles, and this reduces the size of the airway. If you’re a sufferer – or if your partner is – try these possible solutions:

  • Try losing weight
  • Cut back on alcohol or sedatives and stop smoking
  • Change your sleeping position
  • Ask your dentist about special appliances to open up the airway.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about drugs to reduce nasal congestion