While snoring used to be regarded as nothing more than a noisy habit, it’s now known that snoring may be a symptom of a potentially unhealthy sleep problem. “Sleep apnea” has been linked to high blood pressure and heart problems. Snoring is a sign of a narrowed space either in the nasal passages or at the back of the throat caused by excess throat/nasal tissue or vibrating floppy tissue. While this problem may be addressed with “laser-assisted uvuloplasty,” which involves shortening the hanging piece of tissue at the back of the throat (uvula), more conservative treatments should be tried first. One potentially effective option involves wearing a mouth appliance that pulls the jaw slightly forward, thereby opening the upper airway.
Could you benefit with laser-assisted uvuloplasty? At West Brookfield Dental, we take great pride in what we do and the services we offer. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where our purpose is to help people reach and commit to the highest level of dental health personally appropriate to them. Call 508.867.2777 to schedule your next appointment.
P.S. While store-bought one-size-fits-all anti-snoring appliances may be less expensive, anti-snoring mouth appliances made by the dentist fit better and are more likely to be effective.