The view on snore guards from a consultant qualified as a doctor and dentist are worth a minute of your time.
Snoring is a common condition, which can disrupt your sleep and cause problems for your partner. Either of you may feel tired during the day, or suffer from other physical, or psychological symptoms.
A range of options are available to help, depending on the cause of snoring. In many cases, the issue is muscle relaxation in the throat when we sleep, which narrows the airways and makes soft tissue in the throat vibrate.
Snore guards are a clinically proven solution to reduce snoring. They hold your lower jaw forward, which keeps the airway open and reduces the soft tissue vibration, eliminating the sound we call snoring.
There are off the shelf options, although for effectiveness, comfort and safety, an individual solution is far better.
A Custom Made Snore Guard
One of our experienced dentists will take an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a dental laboratory. A snore guard to match your teeth is made from a comfortable, durable material, suitable for extended wear during sleep.
On a second visit, your dentist will show you how to correctly insert and remove the snore guard, along with explaining the best routine for cleaning.
To achieve the best results, you need to wear the snore guard every night. A precise fit is important, for comfort, to achieve the result you want and to help ensure that no damage can be caused.
An incorrectly fitting snore guard could damage your teeth, or gums, affect jaw alignment and bring issues with temporomandibular joints (your jaw hinges).
Snore Guards & Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a sleep related breathing disorder, caused by the collapse of the upper airway during sleep. With their success in reducing snoring, snore guards have been trialled for treating OSA.
Research to date has been positive and a long term trial is under way at Queen Mary University of London. Known in the medical field as mandibular advancement appliances, snore guards are aready being prescribed for sleep apnoea.
This is a medical condition, with a wider range of causes than snoring and a variety of devices available to help. Evidence is showing that snore guards can assist, although specialist medical advice is worthwhile.
The Overall Advantages
Feeling rested and refreshed in the morning is a great start, for you and your partner. Daytime sleepiness, or irritability are not where you want to be.
Choosing a snore guard as a solution is more cost effective and comfortable than complex devices, or masks. Being able to have a guard made to fit will help, as will an examination to ensure this is a good match for your oral health.
If snoring is a problem for you, ask our reception team for an appointment, or talk to your dentist when you visit us. They can help to create a custom made snore guard, designed to meet your needs.