Snoring Mouth Guard

a stop snoring mouth guard will help you sleep betterSnoring is caused by vibrations of the soft tissues on the back of your mouth known as the palate.  Snoring occurs when these tissues obstruct the respiratory airway during sleep.  As you breathe in and out, the passage of air over these tissues causes them to vibrate.  It is the vibrations that produce those nocturnal sounds that we have all heard before!

The snoring mouth guard has been called by many names.  It  is often referred to as a “snore guard” or a “sleep apnea mouthpiece” – but the technical term for this device is mandibular advancement splint. 

The splint works by pushing the lower jaw slightly forward which causes the muscles in the back of your throat to tighten.  When the throat muscles tighten they cannot obstruct the airway, and the snoring vibrations stop. Amen!

Dental Devices for Sleep Apnea

The snoring mouth guard can also be effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea – the form of the disorder that is caused by airway blockage during sleep.  In several studies, sleep apnea patients generally prefer the mouth guard over CPAP treatment (continuous positive airway pressure) because it is more comfortable than the mask.  While the snoring mouth guard is not as powerful as CPAP, many people tolerate it better and therefore use it more consistently.

If you are interested in this topic and would like to read more, here are some studies to refer to

Sleep Apnea Study 1

Sleep Apnea Study 2

Sleep Apnea Study 3

How Do I Get A Snoring Mouth Guard

A detailed impression of your teeth is taken in our office, and this impression is used as a mold to fabricate the mouth guard.  It takes about two weeks after your initial visit to make.  At your second appointment, we will fit the splint inside your mouth and make minor adjustments as needed.

If you have sleep apnea and think you may be helped by this dental device, first consult with your doctor about whether or not you are a good candidate for this form of treatment.