There are over 90 million American adults that snore. Snoring does not only affect the snorer but often times their loved ones as well. It is estimated that over 185 million Americans are negatively affected by snoring. I often hear from patients that snoring has caused them and their spouse to sleep in separate rooms.
Snoring occurs when there is an obstructed airway. Often times, when we sleep, our tongue slides to the back of our mouth and our jaw relaxes both of which contribute to the airway becoming obstructed. The noise of snoring is caused by the air we breath in trying to pass through this obstructed airway; the air vibrates off if the tongue, soft palate, and tissue of the throat.
At Fisher and Orfaly Dental, we fabricate an anti-snore guard called a mandibular advancement device. This custom designed appliance moves the jaw in a forward position bringing the tongue forward as well. This increases the size of the airway which in turn reduces air velocity, vibration, and snoring.
The anti-snore guard is fabricated from impressions of your mouth and requires only two appointments.
The device consists of two soft plastic forms which seat over your upper and lower teeth. These are attached by short connectors that bring the lower jaw in a forward position during sleep preventing snoring. To demonstrate this, I ask you now to try and make the snoring noise. Once you do that, move your jaw forward and try making the snoring sound. I imagine that you had great difficulty making the noise with your jaw forward.
If the airway is blocked completely for longer than 10 seconds, you may have sleep apnea and we suggest you see a medical doctor.