The Stop Snoring Appliance (SSA)is a professionally custom made anti snoring appliance that is only available from your dentist. The SSA is custom made by means of intra-oral impressions, so it will fit your mouth precisely. Some over-the-counter devices exist, but like all other similar products, provide an inferior fit in comparison to a professionally custom made device.
HOW DOES THE SSA WORKS?
The SSA basically consists of 2 plastic(acrylic) gum guards that fit over the upper and lower teeth. These acrylic guards are joined together so when placed and fitted you have to use some force to open your mouth. This prevents the mouth from opening during sleep.
The device helps to position the lower jaw forward and thus prevents the tongue from falling back during sleep. When the tongue falls against the back part of the palate (soft palate) during sleep, it narrows the airway opening and creates a vibration we call snoring.
The SSA can be made to effectively prevent snoring by positioning the lower jaw and tongue in a forward position to enable an open airway during sleep.
Lower jaw in forward position
YOUR DENTAL APPOINTMENT
After a diagnosis and history taking we evaluate your bite and teeth to see if you are a good candidate for a Stop Snoring Appliance (SSA).
If all is OK we take impressions of your upper & lower teeth to make your custom-fitted SSA.
The 2nd visit is the fitting appointment to see if your SSA feels comfortable and that the fit is good. We will further provide you with instructions and follow up appointments if necessary.
SSA before fitting
WHAT MAKES THE SSA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ANTI-SNORING DEVICES?
The SSA is a dentist approved and custom made appliance that offers professional results plus follow up and aftercare.
The dentist will first diagnose your snoring problem and decides on the best possible solution.
Not all snoring are the same and some snoring obstructs the airway completely and can cause serious health problems. Snoring that causes health problems can be characterized by temporary pauses of breathing called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious and medical condition and needs to be diagnosed and controlled by a healthcare professional.
The SSA ensures a tight custom fit that is necessary to prevent snoring that is not possible with over-the-counter or heat and boil products.
The SSA isonly available at your dentistand thus comes with professional advice and follow-up aftercare.