About Dr. John Eloff
The appliance Dr Eloff used at that time was the NAPA (Nocturnal Airway Patency Appliance). This was a hard acrylic appliance with wire claps to hold the appliance in the mouth with a tube like projection out of the mouth for air. It was very uncomfortable and none of the patients managed to use it for any length of time.
Since then the appliance has undergone several changes to the one in use today. One of Dr Eloffs’ first patients, Mr John H had an appliance made in New Zeeland and with his help and encouragement we made him the first of the improved “SnoreX” appliances. Proguard, a company that manufactures sports mouth guard materiel and Raintree a company that produces plastic material for orthodontic retainers was of help in the further development of the appliance we use today. Today we use a “dual laminate” plastic which has an outer plastic layer and rubber inner layer.
Dr John Eloff presented a paper at the Durban Sleep Conference on his appliance and the treatment of snoring. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (www.aadsm.org), South African Society of Sleep Medicine and a member of the South African Society of Orthodontists (www.saso.co.za). Dr Eloff keeps abreast of the latest developments in the treatment of snoring in order to give his patients the most up to date dental treatment for snoring. He has 18 years experience in this field and have decided to focus in future on dental sleep medicine.
Annual American Orthodontic Congress (San Francisco)
Lectures Attended on Sleep Apnea
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