Snoring is loud, unwanted noise (sound) associated with breathing during sleep. At the other end of the sleep-disordered breathing spectrum is sleep apnea, which is a cessation of breathing for ten seconds or longer during sleep. A person with sleep apnea usually awakens hundreds of times during the night but usually does not remember the awakenings. Snoring is usually associated with sleep apnea but having snoring during sleep does not necessarily mean a person has sleep apnea. To properly differentiate primary snoring (simple snoring) from sleep apnea either a sleep diagnostic test must be done at home (i.e., unattended recording) or in the sleep laboratory (attended recording).
Once a proper diagnosis is made, a snoring treatment solution can be implemented. Your Absolute Dentistry Dentist will usually be the one to fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition. Typically they will take a mold of your mouth and have a customized mouthpiece fitted.