As a snorer, you may for the most part be blissfully unaware of the problem you cause those trying to sleep near you. If, however, your bed partner’s sleep is disturbed on a regular basis and you find yourself sleeping downstairs or in the spare room, there are options.
Snoring is a major symptom of a serious medical condition called ‘obstructive sleep apnoea’ (OSA), so careful screening to preclude the presence of this condition will be carried out prior to any treatment being started. Whilst not all snorers have OSA, virtually all those with apnoea snore! There is good evidence to show that a custom made intra oral appliance (mandibular repositioning device) worn in the mouth at night can greatly help reduce snoring.
The appliance works by altering the position of the lower jaw such that the tongue is lifted forwards increasing the area available for air flow, thus reducing snoring through the improvement of muscle tone.
It must be remembered that the amount of advancement of the lower jaw varies from person to person. Mandibular Repositioning Devices consist of close fitting, custom made guards (similar to mouth-guards) fit around the upper and lower teeth. These rims are joined together to allow the lower jaw to be postured and held in a forward position, leaving you space to breathe.
Please speak to your dentist for further information.