Snoring Therapy

  

Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. Oral appliance therapy is the most common treatment for the most severe snoring problems. Treatment procedures range from changing your sleep patterns to utilizing orthodontic-related appliances that help open the airways during sleep.

Common Causes of Snoring

Snoring is caused by the vibrations of your soft and/or hard tissue palates; these vibrations occur because of increasingly narrow air passages. When air passes through these passages, a “flapping” sound occurs because the tissue is soft in nature. Surgery (to alleviate the snoring) is not always successful, however, because the sound may not originate from the soft palate; the snoring sometimes originates from tissues in the upper airway.

Common causes:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Health problems
  • Obesity
  • Obstructed nasal passages – deviated septum
  • Poor muscle tone of the tongue
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies

Sleep Apnea

Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.

Treatment for OSAS & Snoring

The myerson ema® appliance is a front line of treatment for snoring, sleep apnea and in cases where a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) has not been tolerated.  This is an oral appliance that is now recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The appliance was invented in 1993 and works by opening the bite and gently advancing the lower jaw with the interchangeable elastic straps to increase airway space.

myerson ema® offers several advantages:

  • it fits entirely inside your mouth
  • they do not used electricity
  • doesn't make any noise
  • you can talk while wearing it
  • it is latex free and metal free
  • you may change sleeping positions