Don’t let snoring drive a wedge between you and your partner. A non-invasive oral device can help you rest easy.
Why Do People Snore?
In most cases, snoring occurs when the flow of air from the mouth or nose to the lungs is altered in some way. Usually, snoring can be attributed to a narrowing of the airway.
As you sleep, you breathe in through your nose or mouth. This air passes along the roof of the mouth (the soft palate) to the back of the mouth (the pharynx), where the tongue and upper throat meet. This area can collapse during sleep, narrowing the passageway or even blocking it completely – a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. When the passage narrows, the soft palate and the small bit of flesh in the back of your throat known as the uvula vibrate. This vibration presents as snoring. Other structures in the back of the throat, such as the tonsils and the adenoids, can also vibrate. The smaller the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.
Snoring Risk Factors
A number of factors can contribute to snoring or make you more susceptible, including:
Your throat’s muscle tone – If muscle tone is lax, it’s easier for the tissues to collapse. Low muscle tone can be attributed to a lack of fitness or the aging process.
Your nasal passages – If your nasal passages are blocked, as may occur when you have a cold, it becomes more difficult to inhale. The extra effort can cause the airway to narrow. Chronic causes of narrow nasal passages include allergies and nasal polyps.
Tissues in the mouth, nose, and throat – When tissues become enlarged, snoring occurs. Snoring in children is often attributed to enlarged tonsils.
Your nasal anatomy – If you have a deviated septum, this can disturb the airflow through the nose
Your weight – Being overweight or obese can cause fat in the throat to narrow the airway.
Alcohol – Alcohol is a depressant, and it affects the part of your brain that regulates your breathing. If your tongue and throat muscles become overly relaxed, they may partially block air movement.
Medications – Many medications, particularly those that treat allergies, depression, and anxiety, can relax you or make you drowsy.
At James Island Dental Associates, we offer a couple of devices to help open one’s airway to decrease the vibration of the tissues in the back of the mouth. These devices work by gently pulling the lower jaw forward, which moves the tongue away from the back of the throat.
The devices consist of an upper tray and lower tray that are attached by elastics to gently pull the lower jaw forward. We do not manufacture these devices here in our office; instead, they are fabricated in a dental lab. Impressions are taken of your mouth so that the trays are custom-made to fit snugly and comfortably for each patient. The plastic straps are adjusted accordingly until the snoring decreases.
Great experience! This is painless dentistry at its best. Can recommend without reservations.
January 10, 2022.
Been coming here for years. Great staff and great outcomes for my dental care!!
January 5, 2022.
Best dentist ever!!! James Thomas always provides the best service for my family and I. His staff is top notch and there is nowhere else I’d go for routine service and the bigger issues that arise.
January 5, 2022.
This dental office combines a high level of professional care with the right personal touch. It is consistently demonstrated by the dentist, hygienists, assistants and office management.
I would suggest more feedback from the dentist even when things are not problematic.
I would like to know what else to be aware of as an aging patient in how to be more preventative and proactive in addition to brushing and flossing.
December 8, 2021.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Thomas for about 8+ years now. Everyone from the front office staff, the hygienist, and Dr. Thomas have been wonderful without exception. I’ve recommended and will continue to recommend his practice.
Finding a Charleston, SC dentist who takes your insurance is important for yourself and your family. When it comes to twice-yearly teeth cleanings, routine exams, dental emergencies, and common dental repairs—fillings and root canals—our office accepts most insurance plans. However, most plans have a yearly maximum. It’s important to contact your provider to learn more about your dental plan, including the procedures that are covered and the amount of your yearly dental benefits. Our office can also contact your provider if you need assistance.
What’s Not Covered by Dental Insurance
Many insurance companies do not cover sedation dentistry, but we have inexpensive options to help you feel comfortable during lengthy dental procedures. Insurance companies also rarely cover cosmetic dentistry—although some offer a full or partial benefit for braces, dentures, or partials.Cosmetic dentistry treatments not covered by most insurance plans include the following:
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Do not hesitate to call our Charleston, SC dental office if you have questions about payment options or insurance. We always work hard to make sure you can maximize your benefits.
James Island Dental provides general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry along with the most advanced dental technology. we service Charleston, James Island, Johns Island, West Ashley for all your dental care needs.