Make it your New Year Resolution to Stop Snoring with a Mandibular Advancement Device.
Mandibular Advancement Devices are commonly referred to as stop snoring mouthpieces or mouth guards. They are used to help treat patients suffering from problems of heavy snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
In order to understand how these mouthpieces work, it’s important to first understand a little bit about the method, as well as the relationship between snoring and sleep apnoea disorders.
Sleep apnoea disorders are characterized by pauses in normal respiration while the sufferer is asleep. The patient simply isn’t aware that he or she has stopped breathing in their sleep. In the daytime the symptoms often manifest as depression, constant tiredness and just overall malaise. As the body struggles to breathe at night, you often wake up feeling exhausted. In a recent survey, the regional breakdown claimed that some towns and cities were worse when it comes to restless nights.
Snoring and intermittent pauses in breathing are the most common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. It’s important to note that in the case of Central Sleep Apnoea the sufferer often does not snore and Mandibular Advancement Devices are usually not prescribed.
As your body relaxes while you sleep, so do the smooth muscles in your airway through which your lungs receive oxygen as you breathe.
Unfortunately, in some individuals these muscles drastically loosen to the point where the airway is blocked. The airway is a tube shape, sort of like a garden hose. However, unlike a garden hose, which often holds its shape – in OSA sufferers this tube “flattens” due to lack of muscle tightness. With the airway collapsed it becomes difficult for air to pass through it into the lungs, and the muscles begin to vibrate against one another as the air passes through. This vibration is a sound that we commonly know as snoring.
For many patients, this begs the question…. What does a mouth guard have anything to do with the airway in my throat?
Any individual with a background in medicine can tell you that the mouth, nose, and throat are inseparable when it comes to treating disease and disorders. A medical problem originating in the throat can show it’s effects elsewhere and will do so.
Mandibular Advancement Devices work by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. It’s that simple – and SleepPro appliances are NHS Approved.
This artificial pushing on your jawbone causes the muscles in your throat to tighten lessening the obstruction in the airway. This allows more space for the air to pass through to your lungs and dramatically decreases the likelihood that you will snore in your sleep. As a matter of fact, many individuals who have not been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea choose to purchase these mouth guards over the counter or online, as their primary concern is to stop snoring.
There are many varieties of these devices available. Your physician may recommend you start with the standard version to see how you find it. If it shows signs of working there are two further options available: the SFA or Self Fit Adjustable version that has lots of micro-adjustments possible for additional comfort of fit and improved performance. These devices are inexpensive and the mouthpieces are often crafted of soft plastics. The ultimate version is Custom fitted to mould which you can make at home in seconds and send to SleepPro to make a fully tailored version for you.
Frankly, it’s a small expense that can even prove to be life saving in many instances as snoring is so closely related to serious illness if left untreated.
Many individuals are completely unaware that snoring is associated with any sort of sleep disorder. Fortunately, there is now a growing awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and many people searching for methods on how to stop snoring often discover after visiting their physician that their snoring is only a symptom of a wider problem and not the disorder in and of itself.
By John Redfern