Snoring is a very common sleep problem that affects many people today and as a result, many people are looking for anti-snoring treatments to combat that problem.
The soft tissue in a person’s airway vibrate when they are asleep, and this results in the noise from snoring. The problems associated with snoring can be more far reaching as mentioned in the page on this website for signs and symptoms, as snoring is often associated with someone who has sleep apnea.
As is also mentioned on this website, the most common treatment for sleep apnea is known as CPAP treatment. However, many people cannot use this form of treatment as wearing a CPAP mask can cause major discomfort and in some cases, CPAP treatment is not always effective.
I was reading an article recently about a dental practice based out of San Francisco called CitiDent. They have announced that they are offering a couple of new anti-snoring treatments to their patients.
Apparently, some of their patients are finding these two newer dental treatments more tolerable and often more effective than other options such as CPAP treatment. The first treatment is an orthodontic treatment called “palatal expansion”, and the second treatment is an oral appliance known as TAP. Both of these treatments focus on keeping the tongue from collapsing backward into the airway, which is where breathing can be obstructed during sleep. The palatal expansion treatment involves permanently increasing the amount of space in the mouth for the tongue. By contrast, TAP is similar to a custom retainer that is personalized to the individual and worn at night. TAP is comprised of two pieces and can be adjusted by the patient to keep the jaw in a forward position, thus preventing the tongue from blocking the airway. According to their latest research, the TAP device helps to eliminate snoring and also helps more than ninety-five percent of sleep apnea patients to breath easier.
For more information on CitiDent, please visit their website here.