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Is Snoring an Issue at Your House?

Do the walls of your house vibrate at night? Does your dog or cat sleep with his paws over his ears? If so, you may find some benefit in this article.

In some men or women, snoring can be reduced or eliminated simply by wearing an oral appliance at night. The appliance enlarges the airway by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward. The appliance fits snugly onto the teeth of each arch with the teeth slightly apart. The procedure to make the appliance is easy and painless. The fee is about the same as a crown.

There’s snoring and there’s snoring.

A small percentage of snorers may have obstructive sleep apnea. This is characterized by fatigue, loud snoring, and nocturnal gasping, choking, or snorting. The fatigue comes from the chronic sleep deprivation. People with sleep apnea are seven times more likely to be in a motor vehicle accident. They also face an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The treatment for severe cases of sleep apnea may include surgical procedures to widen the air-way. There is no guarantee that these irreversible procedures will work.

Many people have found relief simply by wearing the oral appliance. Unlike surgery, it is totally reversible. It is not painful. There is no recovery period. Like the surgical procedures, there is no guarantee, but it may be worth a try.

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