Oral Appliances for the Snoring Patient, With Dr. Stephen Poss, Practical Sleep Solutions, Brentwood, Franklin, Nashville, TN
Snoring can sometimes get overlooked and some people have what's called primary snoring, without sleep apnea. This can affect the bed partner's sleep as well and Dr. Poss, a dentist in Brentwood, Tennessee with Practical Sleep Solutions, says that the main reason his patients come in about the snoring is so that they can start sleeping in the same room again as their bed partners.
There are over the counter oral appliances that patients can wear but Dr. Poss says "they're not even in the same ballpark." The problem with the over the counter appliances is the fit, as they don't stay in place and because they're fixed in one piece, they can cause TMJ problems, because the jaw isn't able to move during the night. The oral appliances that dentists make allow for jaw mobility. Dr. Poss says the over the counter products often do a lot more harm than good.
Dr. Stephen Poss, a dentist in Brentwood, Tennessee with Poss Dental Designs, is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.