Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are becoming buzzwords. In the past, snoring was a “social” problem, with the bed partner the victim and the snorer the target of many jokes. Today, we know that snoring is a possible sign of a serious medical problem, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Snoring occurs when the soft tissues of the throat and upper airway contract and vibrate. The sound that results is called snoring. When the soft tissues close off the airway or completely block and prevent air from entering your lungs, this is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA can affect your fitness, interpersonal relationships, safety, health and QUALITY OF LIFE.
3D scan with intraoral scanner
The best mandibular position is determined with measuring gauges. Of course, the dental technician also needs models of the jaws. The most accurate way to do this is with 3D technology. Using the scanner, thousands of individual images are assembled into a three-dimensional pattern. In the dental laboratory, these are then used to produce the splints. These splints, also called protrusion splints, guide the lower jaw into an advancement position. This tightens the tongue and mouth muscles and prevents the tongue from closing the pharynx. These appliances can also be further adjusted after insertion via small set screws. If necessary, we can also provide you with the names of qualified doctors who, after appropriate diagnostics, will issue a prescription, even for patients with statutory health insurance.
As an example of a snoring splint the Respire Blue+