SomnoGuard® oral appliances achieve a lower jaw advancement and an opening of the respiratory tract.
If persons concerned snore both in supine position and in lateral position, oral appliances, also called mandibular advancement devices, can offer an effective solution against snoring. They also represent a proven treatment option against mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea.
Oral appliances, like our proven SomnoGuard® mandibular advancement devices, are worn in the mouth at night and cause an advancement of the lower jaw and tongue. In this way, an obstruction of the upper airways is prevented. The air can pass without hindrance and snoring and nocturnal breathing stops are reduced or at best even prevented. Compared to the treatment with CPAP masks, oral appliances have a much higher compliance. It can be distinguished between prefabricated mandibular advancement devices and custom-made appliances by the dentist. Prefabricated SomnoGaurd® oral appliances consist of a thermoplastic material which is formed according to the individual tooth and jaw formation when heated in a boiling water bath. Custom-made oral appliances, in contrast, are made in a dental laboratory in accordance with a dental impression taken by your dentist.
Supine position preventers support lateral position while sleeping and prevent supine position that encourages snoring and nocturnal breathing stops.
The sleep in supine position is one of the most frequent causes for snoring. This sleeping position encourages the lower jaw and tongue to fall back. As a result the the throat and thus also the upper airways are narrowed. The narrowed airways prevent, in turn, that the air can pass unhindered and that the slackened muscles in the throat begins to vibrate and flutter known as snoring. One approach to solve the problem is the position therapy with supine position preventers, also called positioning aids. Supine position preventers encourage you to sleep on your side or your stomach and prevent sleeping on the back. In this way, the upper airways are not blocked allowing the air to circulate freely again. Snoring and nocturnal breathing stops are counteracted effectively. By wearing the supine position preventers regularly during sleep, the body gets used to sleeping in lateral position. The position therapy thus evokes a learning effect: After a while, persons concerned do not need to wear positioning aids anymore since they automaticaley sleep in lateral position.
Nasal dilators optimise nasal breathing by softly spreading the nasal wings and thereby opening the nasal entrance.
Especially in times of colds and allergies, many people suffer from nasal congestion resulting in an impaired nasal breathing at night. Nasal breathing problems, in turn, encourage snoring. A proven aid against snoring caused by an impaired nasal breathing are nasal dilators, also called nasal stenst or breathing aids. Placed inside the nose at night, nasal dilators widen the narrowest part of the nasal entrance by softly spreading the nostrils. In this way, the airways are opened, an improved airflow is provided and snoring is reduced. The increased supply of oxygen during the night ensures a restful sleep. The next morning, you will feel better rested and ready to start the day.
Approximately 60% of all men and 40% of all women snore. A part of the upper airways, especially the area between soft palate and larynx, is primarily made of muscles. When these muscles are tensed, the pharynx is widened. When the muscles slacken during sleep, the lower jaw and tongue fall back especially when sleeping on the back. As the airways are narrowed, air has to be sucked in faster and with higher pressure. This causes a vibration and fluttering of the soft tissue known as snoring. Habitual snoring is not accompanied by breathing stops and thus not dangerous to health.
The danger arises when the snorer suddenly gets silent. The breathing stops and the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood increases. An obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) exists when more than 10 breathing stops occur per hour. Depending on frequency and duration an undersupply of oxygen to the organism can appear. In the case of suspected sleep apnoea a doctor should be consulted. An untreated obstructive sleep apnoea can have a number of consequences restricting the quality of life and shortening the life span.
The narrowing of the upper airways causes the vibration and fluttering of the soft tissue known as snoring. Snoring can be caused by different physical and mental factors. When nasal breathing is hindered, e.g. by a cold, allergies, a deformity of the nostrils or nasal polyps, persons concerned primarily breathe through their mouth. Especially when sleeping in supine position, the lower jaw and tongue fall back narrowing the throat. A small or shortened lower jaw, a large tongue as well as enlarged tonsils can enhance this effect. Another reason for snoring is overweight, because fat also deposits around the throat and thus narrows the upper airways. Furthermore, the consumption of alcohol and pills can have a negative impact since it leads to a relaxation of the muscles. Smoking irritates the mucous membranes which therby swell and narrow the upper airways. Another factor is the female hormone oestrogen that hinders the muscles from slacking. A lack of this hormone promotes snoring. This is the case, among other things, why proportionally more men snore than women and women often begin to snore during their menopause. Moreover, the relaxation of the muscles decreases with increasing age.