Snoring is a common problem, especially among adults, and is sometimes the subject of jokes. However, as Dr. Jacques Hébert explains in this report, snoring can be a serious problem, but it is treatable.
Most people don’t think of snoring as a problem until they are told by bed partners or members of a patient’s household that it is disturbing others. At this point, people tend to think of snoring as merely a social problem. But, says Dr. Hébert, snoring is more than an annoyance: it is an alarm signal.
Snoring is a sign that a patient has a breathing problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA can lead to a number of health problems, including heart problems, circulatory problems, strokes, and diabetes. Sleep apnea is a health problem that needs to be treated.
In times past, the treatment for snoring was surgery. But the procedure didn’t work more than 50% of the time. Today, there are more treatment options. One of them is an over-the-counter, generic dental appliance. Dr. Hébert notes that some of them are sold on the Internet. These appliances work for about a third of the people who try them. However, since these appliances are not custom made for a particular patient, they can create other problems, including bite changes and jawbone problems.
The best course for a sleep sufferer to follow is to get a custom-made appliance following a complete examination to make sure that there are no other problems underlying the snoring that need to be dealt with. Then, Dr. Hébert says, he determines the best appliance to help a patient overcome the snoring problem and get back to normal life.
Dr. Jacques Hébert, of Centre Dentaire Fancelli near Montreal in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, graduated from Laval University in Quebec City in 1981, Dr. Jacques Hébert is a multidisciplinary residency at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal the following year. His areas of predilection are the joint treatment, cosmetic dentistry and implantology and laser treatments. Dr. Hébert is a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Dental Dawson Studies in Florida.