Snoring occurs when there is a partial obstruction of the free flow of air through the mouth and nose. The sound is caused by vibrations of the loose structures in the throat as air passes over them.
In children, enlarged tonsils and adenoids can be the cause of snoring. Consult with your child's ear, nose and throat doctor. Pregnant women often snore because of a narrowing of the airway and increased weight.
Snoring can be serious both socially and medically. You may not be aware of your snoring, but your bed partner is! It is important to seek professional advice - it can help you both.
However, snoring may be more than a just a nuisance. Snoring may be the first symptom of a number of medical problems - that's why it is always important to check with your family doctor or ENT before starting oral appliance therapy.
Often, losing weight and changing sleep position are enough to improve snoring. If these don't help, your
physician or dentist may suggest:
● Surgery to remove enlarged tonsils, or to remove excess tissue from the uvula and soft palate
● CPAP - this is positive air pressure applied through a pressurized mask over the nose.
● Dental appliance therapy - Dental appliances for snoring are individually constructed appliances,
similar to a sports guard or orthodontic appliance. They move the lower jaw forward in order to open the airway at the back of your throat.
Dr. Carole Goldsmith can provide you with professional advice as to whether or not a dental device may be suitable for you.