We all snore from time to time, usually if we're nursing a cold or a blocked nose. For some people, though, snoring is a long term condition which can be distressing for them and their partners. In these cases, dentists may be able to help.
Snoring happens when the soft palate and soft tissues in the throat vibrate together. Throat muscles relax during sleep, like all muscles, and this reduces the size of the airway. A dentist may be able to fit a special appliance which can be worn in the mouth to pull the lower jaw and tongue forward, keeping the airway open and reducing the chance of snoring.