Snoring Prevention Improves Health
While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. When snoring occurs, breathing is done through the mouth, rather than the nose, which is designed to cleanse the air of unwanted foreign bodies that can be harmful to breathe into the lungs. As a result, unpurified air that keeps entering the oral cavity irritates the tissue surrounding the throat, and oxygen is not able to be absorbed as efficiently.
Oxygen needs to be absorbed in all areas of the body to heal tissues on a nightly basis, most importantly the brain tissues. Dr. Amparo David, DMD, founder of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New England, explains that when sleep-disordered breathing occurs, a large portion of the oxygen supply needed to keep the brain functioning is cut off. Left untreated, people can suffer brain damage slowly over time to a point where cognitive ability and memory is noticeably impaired. She also adds that poor sleep is directly related to issues with cardiovascular problems and puts people at a much higher risk of developing disturbances with blood pressure and/or experiencing a heart attack.
One solution to snoring is to use a mandibular advancement device (MAD). The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping people breathe better so they can get a full, quiet night’s sleep. A mandibular advancement device is made to be comfortable, and most users sleep without noticing they are wearing it. It can even eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact Dr. Jonothan Richter, of Manhattan Oasis Dentistry, located at 525 West End Ave., Ste. 1G, New York, NY. To schedule an appointment and consultation, call 212-874-2880 or visit ManhattanOasisDentistry.com.