Debra V. Irvin, DDS, PC
Dental Wellness

I heard there is a dental solution for snoring. Can you please explain?

Excessive snoring can be very annoying to your partner, but it can also indicate a more serious problem – sleep apnea.

Until recently, the go-to treatment for sleep apnea was a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask. CPAP has proven to be very effective in minimizing the symptoms of sleep apnea, which can include frequent pauses in breathing. However, many people who have a CPAP machine don’t wear it because they find it bulky and uncomfortable.

Now there’s a way to help minimize snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea without a CPAP machine. Dr. Debra V. Irvin can design a customized oral appliance that resembles a sports mouth guard. The device is intended to move and hold the jaw slightly forward, which prevents the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway while you sleep.

You should be aware that snoring doesn’t always indicate sleep apnea. The best thing to do is call your primary care doctor. They may want to perform a sleep study to find out how your snoring is impacting your breathing while you sleep. If your doctor agrees, the oral appliance may be all that's required to get the relief you need.

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