I know you’re coming here because you need help to stop your snoring–snoring that is driving your loved ones crazy or your bed partner is kicking you out of bed and you are spending nights on the sofa. If you are typical of the patients I help to solve their snoring problems, you need to solve this issue yesterday. It’s gone on way too long between you and your bed partner.
What Is The Best Way?
If you are like most of my patients you have spent a small fortune at the drugstore buying snoring relief products. You pull out your credit card and purchase any aids or remedies you hope will fix your snoring. Some of it may work, especially if you have congestion, seasonal allergies, or a cold coming on. Even the strips you stick onto to your nose can work. Sometimes…
My sense is you are way beyond that point. You are looking for what is the best treatment to stop (or prevent) snoring because these products haven’t given you the results you are looking for. You want to know what works.
I understand that and I can help you. But first, I need you to know that your snoring can be a symptom of a serious life-threatening condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
It’s not the occasional snoring that concerns a physician. It’s the habitual snoring every night that causes bed partners to sleep in separate rooms. Or a child to send a text to her father as one of my patients received. That type of snoring has been given the name “heroic snoring.” There’s nothing heroic about it except the sound.
I have sleep apnea and I help patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea with a FDA approved oral appliance, which many people call a mouthguard or a snore guard. These appliances control snoring as well. I have tested over 15 sleep retainers and know I can provide you with the best oral appliance for you.
But I Can Buy One At The Drugstore!
It’s not one of those ‘snoring guards’ that you get at your local drugstore or over the Internet. Yes, they are considered ‘snoring guards’ and considered a ‘remedy for snoring.’ They can alleviate your snoring but they can also hurt your jaw joint and move your teeth around. The difference between what I can make for you and these boil and bite cheapies is the difference between night and day.
This Is The Professional Way To Avoid Snoring
An oral appliance is made of two pieces of medical grade plastic that fit comfortably over the upper and lower teeth. Some can be made for those that wear dentures. They work this way…
If you think of snoring and sleep apnea in its simplest term, it’s like a tiny door closing in your throat. You go to sleep and all of the muscles in your throat start to relax and your tongue falls back into your airway—like a tiny door closing. When the door almost closes, you begin to snore. When it completely closes, you stop snoring because you quit breathing and you are not getting oxygen to your brain.
What I make is a “door stop.” By gently moving your lower jaw forward and keeping your tongue from slipping back, you can keep an open airway and get relief while you sleep. You can move your jaw from side to side, up, down and forward, but you can’t move it back to block your airway.
Only a few millimeters are needed to accomplish this because the size of your airway is about the diameter of your little finger. They have to be comfortable to wear or you will not use one.
The best way to determine if you have sleep apnea, is a sleep test. I provide a home sleep test that you can use in the comfort of your home.
If you do not have sleep apnea, there are things you can do to control your snoring. These include:
- Sleeping on your side
- Losing weight
- Avoid alcohol
- Raise the head of your bed four inches
- Use a humidifier
- Practice good sleep hygiene
- Elevate your head with pillows
- Use an FDA approved sleep retainer
If you think I can help you control your snoring and sleep apnea, and also want to know if your medical insurance company will pay for your treatment, please call me today 408-910-8800.