Mouthguards

Mouthguards (mandibular splints, mandibular advancing devices, as they are often referred to) are effective way for dealing with pure snoring (snoring without significant stopping breathing) and for mild obstructive sleep apnea. Mild sleep apnea is defined as stopping breathing less than 30 times per hour.

Success rate is approximately 70 -80 %. This is to say that 2 or 3 out of 10 patients may not be fully satisfied with it.

In order for a mouthguard to be fitted the patient need to have good dentition and no dentures.

There many types of mouthguards available but all need to satisfy two requirements:

  • The mandible (lower jaw) needs to be moved forward to be effective.
  • The bite needs to be properly centred (or the person may experience mandibular pain).