Sports Mouthguard/Night Guards/Snoring Appliances

Sports Mouthguard

Snoring occurs when a person’s airways have narrowed, causing the air that passes through it as we breathe to vibrate the soft tissue of the throat. In principle, snoring isn’t normal and you should know why you are snoring to receive the best treatment. Your body could be telling you to that you have sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea.

During sleep apnea, snorers actually stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night. It’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis because of sleep apnea’s many implications in other health conditions. Sleep apnea raises your risk of heart attack, depression, and diabetes. But even if snoring is due to a case of seasonal allergies or nasal congestion, there are snoring solutions and treatments that can improve those conditions.

If you think you suffer from sleep apnea, you can have a sleep test done, after a referral from your GP. Your GP might then advise you the best treatment modality for the same, which can include wearing an oral appliance/snoring appliance.

A snoring appliance is worn during sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Studies show that oral appliance therapy may be an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Sports Mouthguard

A custom-fitted mouthguard is made by taking an impression and creating a model of your teeth. This allows the dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fit, size, coverage and thickness in a mouthguard made especially for you. A correctly fitted mouthguard will be comfortable, will not easily dislodge and will allow you to breathe easily. Large range of colours available.

Nightguards

Night guards, also known as mouth guards, dental guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints, are used to treat bruxism and sleep apnoea. Night guards act as a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to reduce tension and gives cushioning support to the muscles in your jaw. This protects your enamel, prevents face and jaw pain and provides relief from snoring.

Snoring Appliances

Snoring appliances are dental devices that are used to control or prevent snoring and provide relief from sleep apnoea. Snoring appliances are made of flexible plastic and look similar to sports mouth guards. They work to minimise airway resistance and improve air flow through the upper airway. They can be worn by any person, are easy to use and effective in controlling snoring and related symptoms.