It is estimated that more than 90 million North Americans snore. Taking into account the snorer’s spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. Snoring doesn’t merely interrupt your sleep cycle. The struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects.
There are a few treatment modalities available for snoring and sleep apnea. Some involve cumbersome masks and machinery (“CPAP”) and even surgery. Surgical techniques used to remove respiration-impairing structures have shown only moderate success rates (20 to 40 percent).
For the majority of snorers, however, the most affordable, noninvasive, comfortable and effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device.
Dr. Balice can create a custom-fabricated dental device that moves the lower jaw into a forward position. It opens the airway by moving the base of the tongue away from the back of the throat. The fit is excellent and comfortable, permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and allowing uninhibited oral breathing.