For mild forms of snoring caused by swelling of the lining of your nose, a doctor may prescribe an inhaled steroid preparation.
Mandibular advancement splints
Another option is a mandibular advancement splint/dental splint that holds your jaw forward. This is a no risk, pain free option that works for carefully selected patients. There are a number of products available on the market however we believe that it is best to have a device custom made. One of our partners, Dr Beni Varghese-Jacob is a specially trained dentist who can custom fit a device to fit your jaw.
Dr Varghese-Jacob will carefully assess your existing dentition and can normally accommodate extra space around sensitive dental restorations. Because the device is custom made for you with a soft inner lining specifically adapted to your teeth it is extremely comfortable. It allows full adjustability and side to side movement during sleep. High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found the device acceptable.
Please remember it may take 30 minutes longer to get to sleep on the first few nights as it does when one changes from sleeping with one rather than two pillows. For the first couple of nights some patients have higher salivation or drier mouths. It should take no longer than 2 days to get used to wearing the device.
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For more severe forms of sleep apnea where surgery is inappropriate continuous positive airway pressure may be tried:
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
CPAP is a device that includes a mask that fits snugly over your nose and mouth and is held in place with head straps. The mask is connected to a blower that generates pressurized air. You wear it while sleeping.
The controlled pressure works as an air splint to keep the soft tissue of the nose and throat in place and the airway open.
This noninvasive therapy works for 95% of people with sleep apnea