Anti-Snoring Appliances

Our Anti-Snoring appliances are easy to implement in your practice. If you fit it at try-in, it will fit at delivery.

Sleep Apnea Overview

It is estimated that as many as 50% of us snore regularly. Snoring severity can range from an occasional, inconvenient habit to more serious chronic heavy snoring.

Simple snoring can disturb others and cause a dry mouth or sore throat. Heavy snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, which can be associated with hypertension, stroke and other cardiopulmonary problems.

Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.  Similarly, each abnormally shallow breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.

There are three forms of sleep apnea: central (CSA), obstructive (OSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea.  In CSA, breathing is interrupted by a lack of respiratory effort; in OSA, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite respiratory effort, and snoring is common.

Regardless of type, an individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body. Symptoms may be present for years without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.

Sleep apnea affects not only adults but some children as well.

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Daytime fatigue

Slower reaction time

Vision problems

Difficulty paying attention

Problems working effectively

Difficulty processing information when in a waking state

Moodiness, belligerence, as well as a decrease in attentiveness and drive

Liver function impairment, particularly fatty liver diseases such as steatosis

Sleep paralysis – which can lead to insomnia and depression

 

Because there are many factors that could lead to some of the effects previously listed, some patients are not aware that they suffer from sleep apnea and are either misdiagnosed, or just ignore the symptoms altogether.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Snoring

Choking or stops in breathing while asleep

Excessive sleepiness during the day

Headaches when you awake

Waking-up tired and thirsty

Moving limbs while asleep

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Oral appliances are quite small, easy to wear, lite and easy to travel with. Further, they are relatively inexpensive compared to alternatives, such as surgery and CPAP devices. In addition, oral appliances are non-invasive and non-surgical and are covered by some insurance companies. They can also be financed.

Lower Jaw Appliance

This affordable device is flexible, thin and comfortable for your patients, and it exhibits documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing sleep apnea.

This product positions the lower jaw forward using special S-shaped connectors that are attached to upper and lower trays. These trays are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and BPA-free.  This intraoral appliance is indicated for patients with a minimum of eight teeth per jaw and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less.  To determine the patient’s starting anteriorization, a bite registration should be taken using a protrusion gauge. The protrusion gauge is designed to directly register the appropriate mandibular advancement (protrusion) for the patient receiving the appliance. The elastic framework adapts to the bending of the bite plane and is intended to provide easy removal of the vinylpolysiloxane registration material afterward. Bending the gauge should not affect the accuracy of the registration, which helps to ensure a clinically precise result. If for any reason proper registration is unattainable, the appliance can also be manufactured on occluding models

Elastic Appliance

This oral appliance is a customized removable appliance created for the noninvasive treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The appliance is designed to both advance the mandible and open the bite to allow for less restricted airflow during sleep.  This devices help promote a deeper, more restful sleep by preventing snoring and relieving the symptoms of OSA. The appliance does not interfere with breathing through the mouth, even in cases of congested nasal passages. It has many options for advancement with nine strap lengths and four different elastic tension options. Non-restricted lateral/protrusive movement and improved movements of the jaw are possible while wearing the device due to varying elastic bands.

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