Occlusal splints

Causes of snoring. Why do people snore?

As we sleep, a partial closure of the airway may occur; associated with muscle relaxation, and this may trigger the upper throat tissue to vibrate when the air passes through. The actual causes of snoring may vary greatly, ranging from physiology particularities (deviated septum, poor muscle tone in the throat, large tonsils, long uvula, etc.), sex, age, and weight, to lifestyle (stress, drinking habits, etc.). Snoring can occur contextually, due to obstructed nasal airways when you catch a cold.

The need for treatment. I know snoring can be frustrating, but is it really dangerous?

Snoring can be a hazardous pattern for some people (obstructive sleep apnoea) and is definitely a very annoying fact for those who live with snorers.

Definition and use. What is a mandibular splint?

A mandibular splint is an oral device used as a snoring remedy and sometimes as a remedy to bruxism. This modern innovative technology seems to be the perfect alternative to having your partner wear earplugs at night. This fully adjustable mouthpiece can be tailor made for each patient to be worn during sleeping hours. A trained dentist can take care of your snoring problem as long as the nature of your snoring habit is not associated with severe sleep apnoea, in which case the patient needs to see a different kind of healthcare professional.

Comfort and functionality. How can a mandibular splint help reduce snoring?

This oral device is designed to push and hold the lower jaw slightly forward to open the airway. This mouth piece is unlikely to disturb your sleep if it is custom made, features a soft inner lining, and can be adjusted to your needs and preferences, just like orthodontic mouth pieces, mouthguards, and personalized bleaching trays. You should be able to close your mouth; however, we all tend to keep the mouth slightly open when sleeping.

The issue of eligibility. Can I use such an oral device if I have bad teeth or wear dentures?

Most people are eligible for wearing occlusal splints. However, you need to ask your dentist and have your teeth examined. Some dental healthcare professionals are willing to create custom made implant-retained occlusal splints for people who no longer have their natural teeth.

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