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Snoring; it's annoying, it's irritating, it can
affect your health and strain relationships.
Of particular concern are the strong links
that exist between snoring, Obstructive Sleep
Apnoea (OSA) and heart failure. Also, OSA is one
of the causes of high blood pressure.
Snoring, often, but not always, associated with
OSA, occurs when the airway at the back of the
throat collapses during sleep.
The collapsed airway results in the noise of
snoring and also the constant waking (apnoea) of
Over the past decade, research has shown that
oral device therapy is proving to be an
increasingly popular and readily acceptable
treatment for snoring.
This oral device therapy involves the provision
of custom-made upper and lower dental plates
which fit on to existing teeth.
The plates have an adjustable mechanism that
holds the lower jaw (mandible) in a forward
This forward positioning of the mandible
keeps the upper airway open and reduces its
The MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) is
particularly indicated for snoring and mild to
It is comfortable and easily tolerated for night
time wear and is easily adjustable to meet each
Stop that snoring!
The provision of any such oral device (often,
but by no means always, on referral from a GP or
physician) requires a careful and thorough
diagnosis and assessment; an ongoing
programme of review and adjustment of the
appliance and constant monitoring for any
Most snoring devices are provided by dental
sleep professionals who are dentists with a
particular interest and training in their use.
* Dr John Packer BDS (Adel) practises at Redland Bay
Dental Surgery Toothwise Redland Bay Village, Corner
of Broadwater Terrace and Stradbroke Street Redland
Bay 4165, phone 3829 2299 or email
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