Snoring Therapy

snoringSnoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. Oral appliance therapy is the most common treatment for the most severe snoring problems. Treatment procedures range from changing your sleep patterns to utilizing orthodontic-related appliances that help open the airways during sleep.

Common Causes of Snoring

Snoring is caused by the vibrations of your soft and/or hard tissue palates; these vibrations occur because of increasingly narrow air passages. When air passes through these passages, a “flapping” sound occurs because the tissue is soft in nature. Surgery (to alleviate the snoring) is not always successful, however, because the sound may not originate from the soft palate; the snoring sometimes originates from tissues in the upper airway.

Common causes:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Health problems
  • Obesity
  • Obstructed nasal passages – deviated septum
  • Poor muscle tone of the tongue
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies

Sleep Apnea

Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.

Snoring &Sleep Apnea Appliances

SomnoDent® Appliance

The SomnoDent® appliance treats mild, moderate and severe obstructive Sleep Apnea by moving the lower jaw slightly forward, tightening the muscles of the upper airway thus preventing vibrations as air passes over the upper airway. Each appliance is custom-made, so that the jaw is only moved as much as is necessary in each individual case. SomnoDent® is not bulky and is comfortable and easy to wear. The appliance is made up of two separate pieces so that speaking and drinking remain possible and tongue space is not limited.

TAP®

To end snoring and disruptive sleep apnea without surgery or medications, the easy solution is TAP®! Designed according to the principles of CPR, the TAP® will hold your airway open so air can pass through the throat, making breathing much easier. Among people who use TAP®, there is a 96 percent success rate! These users are getting better sleep which ultimately improves their quality of life. For more information on TAP®, please visit the TAP® website.

Contact Us

3506 Washington Ave., Suite I
Gulfport, MS 39507
Phone: 228-868-1942
info@McCormickFamilyDentistry.com
Mon. - Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Lunch daily: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)