Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation
Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.
Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.
How to mould and use a Snoreeze Oral Device Stepbystep instruction tutorial
Hi, I'm Philippa from Snoreeze and today I'm going to be showing you how to mould your Snoreeze Oral Device. Before you start, it's best to get everything you need ready. Open your Oral Device box and take out everything inside. In the box there should be an Oral Device storage case, with your new Oral Device inside, a separator, a hex key, and an instruction leaflet. In order to mould your device you'll also need a kettle full of water, a fairly deep bowl, and access to a cold water tap. Your first step is to slide the separator through the gap in the front of the Oral Device. The embossed triangle on the device should be pointing upwards. And the two spacers on the separator should be at the bottom. Don't force the separator through the gap in the device.
If the device and separator are both the right way up, it should slide in fairly easily and click into place. Holding the separator, put the device in your mouth and get used to putting it in the right position. Remember that the triangle should be at the top. Boil the kettle. Carefully pour the boiling water into a bowl, making sure that it is deep enough for you to fully cover the Oral Device. Holding the separator, carefully immerse your Oral Device in the water for 10 seconds. Take the Oral Device out of the bowl and shake any exces water off. Making sure your device is the right way up, place it in your mouth.
Keeping your jaw in its natural position, bite down gently on the device for 20 seconds. To get the best moulding possible, it's helpful to close your mouth while biting down on the device, and suck all of the air out of the device, pressing behind your teeth with your tongue. It also helps to use your finger like a toothbrush, rubbing the plastic and making sure you get a good fit. Take the Oral Device out of your mouth and place it under cool, running water for 1 minute to set the new moulding in place. Remove the separator and place the device in your mouth to make sure it fits securely. If you need to, you can repeat the moulding process up to 3 times to acheive a comfortable fit. Wear your Snoreeze Oral Device in its neutral position for the first 3 nights.
This is the most comfortable position for your jaw. And for many people, it will stop their snoring. If you continue to snore, or are still suffering from the signs of sleep apnoea, you will need to adjust the device. Insert the adjustment key into one side of your device, and rotate it half a turn clockwise. Repeat this step on the other side of the device. It's important to adjust your device slowly, to allow your jaw to get used to the new position. So make sure you only adjust the device by half a turn each night, until your snoring stops. If you set the adjustment too far forward, you can move the position of your jaw back by inserting the hex key and turning it anticlockwise by the same amount on each side.