Snoring is not only embarrassing, but can also lead to other problems in a person’s life, such as lack of concentration, stress, and fatigue. Indeed, the person’s family may also be affected by sleep disturbances and fatigue. Snoring can also indicate serious disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Doctors say that about one in four adults, especially men, suffer from snoring due to a breathing disorder while sleeping. And most of these cases go undiagnosed due to a lack of awareness.
Sameer Merchant, CEO of Illusion Aligners, said, “Dentists can help identify these cases and can act as a link between the sleep doctor and the patients. Sleep Disorder or OSA occurs when the upper airway partially or completely becomes blocked during sleep. Oral appliance therapy is a well-known treatment for snoring and OSA caused by a constricted or collapsed airway, which can be examined at the dental clinic and diagnosed by a doctor.
He added that dentists can raise awareness about sleep apnea and its effective treatment. Oral appliances can be very effective in treating mild to moderate cases of OSA. Mandibular advancement devices are gaining acceptance. It helps relieve symptoms of OSA, aids in uninterrupted sleep, reduces fatigue and stress, and improves overall quality of life.
Snoring can be caused by bulky throat tissues, enlarged tonsils, nasal septum, obesity, sleeping position, nasal congestion and alcohol, etc. It can also be an indication of a serious condition like OSA.
ASD is a personalized and effective oral anti-snoring device that alleviates the harmful effects of mild to moderate snoring and OSAS. It is classified as an elastic mandibular advancement device (EMA) which gradually moves the lower jaw forward and opens the airway. The connector on the sides decides the degree of mandibular advancement according to the needs of each patient. There are also connectors instead of elastic straps for lateral movements. The device activates the muscles and ligaments and prevents the airways from collapsing overnight. In addition, it also prevents grinding and mouth breathers can also fit easily on it.