How to Stop Snoring, Featuring Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Sleep Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona
Nearly 30 million Americans snore. At night, our body relaxes, including our throat and as it relaxes, the airway gets smaller and the air speeds up as you breath in and out. The air gets to a point when the soft tissues vibrate and that's where the noise comes from.
At the far end of the problem, is sleep apnea. Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Sleep Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona says that sleep apnea is when the airway shuts down and causes all sorts of health effects, which, if left untreated, can cause life-threatening health issues.
Snoring is easily treated by a dentist with an oral sleep appliance. This allows the jaw and tongue forward, opening up the airway for better breathing. In addition to this nighttime mouth guard, from a lifestyle standpoint losing weight and smoking cessation have eliminated snoring as well. Those with seasonal allergies can use medications to clear their nasal passages and those with nasal obstructions can use nasal strips or sprays to open up the airway.