Snore guards / sleep apnea appliances
A snore guard is an oral appliance that is worn while sleeping. It is custom fitted by your dentist to eliminate or greatly reduce snoring. This device prevents the jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat and creating a narrow airway. Breathing through a narrow airway or windpipe produces the vibrations that cause the loud sound of snoring. Snore guards shift your jaw position forward to maintain a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses, blocking airflow to the lungs. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconsciously, he or she will loosen the jaw returning the tongue and throat to a normal position. This sleep apnea cycle – falling asleep, jaw relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awakening with a gasp, falling back asleep – can repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. Wearing a snore guard will open the airway, prevent snoring and reduce sleep apnea associated health risks.