Torrance Snoring Treatment & Prevention
Writer, Lecturer & User of a Snoring Solution that Works
There is no doubt that snoring can make life unpleasant for you - and especially for a sleeping partner. It can inhibit dating and travel and can also be dangerous to your health. If snoring is making your life difficult see this Torrance and South Bay orthodontist who can help you to find a solution for your snoring. Dr. Eckhart has a credential from the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in addition to his many other credentials as an orthodontist. He is very experienced with treating CPAP-intolerant patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Below is a video showing an x-ray scene of snoring. The person was actually lying down, but in the video, the head appears upright. For the first 30 seconds, while there is no anti-snore device in the mouth, the tongue can be seen touching the back wall of the throat during breathing. Beginning at time 0:32 seconds, after the anti-snore device is inserted, the tongue no longer touches the back wall of the throat during breathing. This is because the anti-snore device holds the jaw forward.
Do you need treatment for snoring?
Snoring is hard on others and it's also hard on the one who snores. Often the person is not well rested and then feels dragged out during the day or even cranky. If you have apnea, which is when your breathing stops because the tongue gets momentarily clogged in the throat, this interrupts your sleep due to the lack of oxygen. People with apnea often don't notice this at first but suffer from sleepiness during the day. Apnea may also create health risks such as heart attacks or strokes. Your spouse may detect this condition by noticing periods of silence (which are the apneas) which are followed by loud snorting as breathing resumes. This condition can be diagnosed and monitored with sleep monitoring equipment during a sleep study.
Torrance and South Bay Orthodontist Resolving Snoring Problems
There are many "drugstore" remedies, some of which work part of the time; some are pills to reduce throat swelling, some are lubricants to "oil" the throat tissue, some are nasal expanders to open the airway and increase the positive pressure in the throat.
There are throat surgeries that sometimes help reduce snoring. Tonsillectomy has often helped. For people with more severe apnea, surgery to advance the jaws has successfully enlarged the throat. Occasionally surgery to the soft palate helps to keep the throat open during sleep.
There are devices to help position the head better, such as pillows that tip the head back (keeping the airway open), or pillows sewn into the back of a nightshirt to prevent the sleeper from sleeping on his or her back.
There is a medical device (called CPAP, for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) featuring a mask fitted over the nose that pumps air into the mask to keep the airway inflated so the throat does not collapse. This is used for people with more severe apnea.
CPAP Snoring Device
Our Solution for Snoring
We are familiar with sleep-disordered breathing and know what questions to ask you and your spouse. We know how to examine the throat of the snorer, and we know where to refer the snorer for additional information such as a sleep study.
We will be happy to explain to you what treatments are available, how effective they are and where the treatments can be obtained. It is usually possible to eliminate snoring.
We have eliminated snoring for many people using an oral device which holds the jaw forward. We have also had tremendous success with a comfortable device that allows the tongue to protrude without holding the jaw forward. The first step is to come into our office for an examination so we can assist you in determining the best treatment.
Tongue Retaining Device
Contact our Torrance and South Bay orthodontist at (310) 341-4001 for help with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.