Relaxed airway can collapse in sleep producing soft tissue vibrations during breathing which result in snoring. With an oral Snoring Device the airway remains open allowing easier breathing and preventing snoring and usually mild sleep apnea.
Surgical techniques to remove respiration-impairing structures such as uvula, enlarged tonsils and adenoids have been among the many attempted snoring remedies. These soft tissue surgical procedures have shown only moderate success rates (e.g. 20 to 40%). At certain levels of severity complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur.
When the period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds it is called Obstructive Sleep apnea (OSA). OSA can be a serious medical condition and your dentist may refer you to a sleep specialist. For the majority of snorer’s however, the most affordable, non-invasive comfortable and effective snoring solution remains the dentist prescribed oral snoring preventative device.
What causes snoring and how can a dental snoring device help?
During sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax making the breathing airway smaller. This decrease in the airway space increases the velocity of air flowing through the airway during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased in the constricted space, soft tissues like the soft palate and the uvula vibrate. These vibrations of the soft tissues in the mouth and throat result in snoring. Snoring research has also shown that custom fabricated dental devices worn at night that move the lower jaw into a forward position, increase the three dimensional space in the airway tube. Increasing the capacity of the airway and preventing soft tissue vibrations eliminate snoring.
In clinical research studies, these oral devices have exhibited initial snoring prevention rates of 70 to 80 %. These devices do not interfere with breathing through the mouth. Even in cases of congested nasal passages the device prevents snoring and, allows uninhibited oral breathing. The devices help promote deeper, more restful sleep by preventing snoring and sleep apnea in the majority of cases.
Somnomed Oral Appliances
Centre for Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry have partnered with Somnomed a company specialising in Oral Appliances to aid in the the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.
The SomnoMed MAS™ is a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) that treats both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), by advancing the lower jaw forward. It is a custom-made device consisting of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin-coupling mechanism.
If required, a component can be added to make the device adjustable. This feature provides incremental and adjustable levels of jaw advancement, which improves the effectiveness and comfort-level of treatment as the jaw is moved only as far as is required to alleviate snoring and reduce OSA.
The SomnoMed MAS™ design incorporates a number of key features that represent significant advances on existing MAS oral appliances.
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