General Dentistry » Snoring / Mouthguards
Many people are embarrassed by their snoring while their partners are exasperated. So at Mt Barker Dentists we recommend patients who snore be evaluated by a sleep doctor to assess why they snore. It can be because of the anatomical shape of their pharynx, tongue and uvula or connected to their weight and the fatty tissue around their pharynx.
While snoring many people stop breathing for a few seconds or longer when their tongue falls back against the uvula and pharynx and closes their airway. This is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and can have severe repercussions on their general health. Many people require a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask and machine to keep their airways open, enable enough oxygen to be inhaled and stop their snoring.
Many people can’t use a CPAP machine finding it cumbersome, psychologically unappealing and unattractive, noisy to partners or they can’t adapt to wearing it. Travellers find it awkward and heavy to carry. But Mt Barker Dentists has another solution, one that’s well worth trying either before or after you’ve tried CPAP. We provide snore guards which have a proven 80% acceptance rate. They are upper and lower acrylic plates that interlock to keep your lower jaw open and forward so your tongue can’t collapse against your pharynx. They are less intrusive and less expensive than a CPAP machine.
Night guards are a customised retainer made from thicker acrylic plastic that you wear while sleeping. Everyone clenches and grinds their teeth to some degree while they’re asleep. The splint protects your teeth by providing a thick barrier between your upper and lower teeth, absorbing the forces felt by your teeth and jaw when you clench or grind. By wearing a night guard you’ll protect your teeth, your dental work and relieve the stress on your jaw muscles.
If you play any form of contact sport mouthguards are a must to mitigate the risk of irreversible damage to your teeth, surrounding soft tissue, and tooth loss from sporting impacts. They protect your teeth from serious damage and come in a range of colours. Children may require new mouth guards more regularly as their adult teeth come through. Adults should replace their mouth guards at least every five years and even more regularly if they play high intensity sport.