The TheraSnore™ is an oral appliance that is worn during sleep for the treatment of mild to moderate snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. The TheraSnore™ is much like an athletic mouth guard, but with some of its own unique characteristics. The TheraSnore™ is fitted in your Dentist's office in about 30 minutes, and many people see positive results the first night. The TheraSnore™ appliance is 93% effective in the treatment for snoring.
The TheraSnore™ is:
The TheraSnore™ treats snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea by preventing the tongue and soft palate from falling back and obstructing the airway. It’s simple, you get more air, you don’t snore.
Virtually all of us snore from time to time. In fact, it is estimated one-third of the world population snores, and that number is increasing. For some, snoring is no more than an occasional, inconvenient habit, but chronic, heavy, loud snoring can be more serious. We all know we don't snore while we are awake, so why do we snore while asleep?
Snoring occurs when you relax during sleep, causing your lower jaw and tongue to drop back against the back of the throat. This forces the airway to narrow and constrict, lowering the amount of oxygen your body can take in. Your body reacts to this decrease in oxygen, by increasing your respiration, or breathing. This increased velocity of air causes the soft tissues at the back of the throat to vibrate, creating the snoring noise.
While annoying to others, simple snoring is harmless, it may cause dry mouth or a sore throat but heavy snore-diasnoring is often a symptom of a serious medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Aponea (OSA). Obstructive Sleep Aponea is frequently associated with hypertension stroke and other cardiopulmonary problems.
"Apnoea", a Greek word meaning "absence of breath" remains the most under diagnosed problem in medicine. Snoring is a prime diagnostic indicator of sleep apnoea. Apnoea refers to the subsequent cessation of breathing during sleep. Sleep apnoea earned its name from the fact, in snoring; the breathing actually stops for 10 seconds to a minute or more, this is called an apneic event. An apneic event occurs when the upper airway passage is blocked, or obstructed. This obstruction is due to the relaxation of the muscles surrounding the pharynx during sleep, causing them to collapse. For this reason, it is commonly referred as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, or OSA.
OSA is the most common form of apnoea. There are also two other forms of apnoea. Central sleep apnoea is where the breathing simply stops during sleep and is resumed only when a patient awakens. The severity of central sleep apnoea is related to the number of times the patient stops breathing during sleep. Sometimes, central and obstructive sleep apnoea can occur together (mixed apnoea), but in central sleep apnoea there is no obstruction.
Each time the upper airway passage is blocked, oxygen saturation in the bloodstream falls, and the heart must work harder to circulate blood. Blood pressure rises and the heart may beat irregularly or even stop. When the brain senses this decrease in oxygen saturation, the brain partially arouses the sleeper just enough to gasp for air. This arousal is usually not enough to wake the sleeper, but the sleep partner may notice the sleeper choking or gasping for air during sleep.