Dr John Eloff - Treatment of Snoring, Mild Sleep Apnea and Invisalign

Snoring Causes & Risks


Snoring is very common. It is estimated that approximately 60% of men and 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age snore.

Causes of snoring

Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight.

Aggravating factors of snoring: 

  1. Reduction of muscle tone
  2. Narrow airway space in the throat
  3. Excess patient weight

Symptoms of snoring

Snoring can cause embarrassment and disrupt the sleep of loved ones. It can place immense strain on relationships while spouses sleep separately from their partner. Snoring can be a medical issue, disrupting sleep patterns, depriving the snorer of appropriate rest, tired and poor performance at work, sleepiness when operating machinery or driving and motor accidents.

In addition to the noise of snoring, problem snorers may also experience daytime sleepiness, sore throat, relationship problems, restless sleep, trouble concentrating, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and gasping or choking during sleep.

Is snoring life threatening?

There is strong evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increases one’s risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and other diseases. It also increases your chances of dying earlier. New studies have shown that habitual snoring, even without sleep apnea, can increase your chances of stroke and premature death. So, even “simple snoring” should be evaluated and treated whenever possible.

Getting started:

  1. Impressions of the upper and lower teeth
  2. Check teeth covers for comfort, fit and ease of placement and removal. Take “bite registration”
  3. Check appliance for comfort, fit and ease of placement and removal. Give instructions on care of the appliance
  4. Follow-up visits to check comfort and effectiveness
  5. Ideally to follow this up with a second sleep study

 Before starting treatment with oral appliances the patient must be in good health and under regular medical care. The teeth and mouth must be healthy and free of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

1. New study in neuropsychobiology;  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17700043

Neuropsychobiology. 2007;55(3-4):184-93. Epub 2007 Aug 14.

Effects of a mandibular repositioning appliance on sleep structure, morning behavior and clinical symptomatology in patients with snoring and sleep-disordered breathing.


Apart from its good therapeutic effects on snoring and respiratory variables snoring showed complete or partial response in 68%

2. Old Study in Chest; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10593770

Snoring is VERY common (50-70 million Americans snore). A relatively simple yet very effective dental appliance is helpful in 70% or more of people who snore.

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