Many people experience storing as they sleep. As you relax and fall asleep, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and throat also relax and fall back partially blocking your airway. The sound of snoring is these tissues vibrating as air struggles to get around them as you breathe. In extreme cases, the airway can be completely blocked, and you may stop breathing for a brief period only to begin breathing again when your body realizes it is depleted of oxygen and triggers a forceful, gasping inspiration. This can happen over and over, hundreds of times at night resulting in poor sleep and can have profound effects on your general health. Obesity, nasal obstruction, alcohol and smoking all increase the risk of snoring.
If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will prescribe for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.