Snoring is often regarded as a social problem, not a medical problem. It occurs when the muscles of the upper throat restrict the airway and reduce the amount of air that can be inhaled. This reduction in airflow reduces the amount of oxygen available to the body during sleep, which can lead to troublesome sleep apnea symptoms.
Many people who snore don’t realize that what they are experiencing is a medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
Mandibular advancement devices are oral appliances that offer effective treatment option for some cases of OSA. By moving the lower jaw (mandible) slightly forward (advanced) during sleep, the oral appliance can prevent the upper airway from collapsing.
Here is the first segment of an interview with our Sleep Dentist Dr. Sharnell Muir DMD, Diplomate American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Muir is in our clinics one day per month. Call or email to book a consult.