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Snoring Appliances may also benefit Sleep Apnea!

March 21, 2018

Filed under: Snoring and Sleep Apnea — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 9:02 am

Snoring Appliances and Sleep Apnea

This diagram illustrates opening the airway with an appliance from a Silent-Nite brochure




Our office has made snoring appliances for our patients for over 25 years.  So, we are good at it!  We now offer a few different kinds of snoring appliances depending on the situation.


This durable snoring appliance has been worn by our patient for several years.  He brings it with him to our office for regular cleanings.  All acrylic appliances will change in color over time.  This one started out as clear!  Smooth tabs on the side of the appliances can be adjusted to bring the jaw forward and open the airway.

Snoring appliances also benefits patients with sleep apnea!


Below is the same appliance in position.

Our patient has worn this appliance for years as a remedy for sleep apnea and snoring.






Snoring is the sound made when the airway is restricted in some way.  It may or may not be annoying or even harmful or to the person who snores or to the person who hears the snoring.  As your body relaxes during sleep, the soft tissues and/or the tongue may impinge on the airway at the back of the throat.

During snoring, the volumetric capacity of the airway is decreased and the air entering or escaping from the lungs may cause snoring.  This may be accompanied by sleep apnea and a decreased supply of oxygen to the body during nighttime breathing.

Snoring appliances like the ‘Silent Nite’ are easy to wear, comfortable, and decrease snoring by increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway.

Snoring appliances will often benefit persons with sleep apnea as they promote a forward movement of the lower jaw and thereby open the airway and increase the volumetric capacity.  This aids in the prevention of both snoring and sleep apnea.  The photo to the left shows a Silent Nite appliance.

Herbst Appliance

Our newest, and current favorite sleep apnea and anti-snoring device is called a Herbst appliance.  This  appliance shows great promise for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea, and it is durable and comfortable.


How do you know if you have just snoring or snoring with sleep apnea?

It is usually whoever you sleep with or whoever is close to you when you sleep that will happily tell you that you snore.  It may in fact interfere with their sleep more than with yours!  Sleep apnea is potentially more serious.  Sleep apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing especially during sleep.  Thousands suffer from sleep apnea.  The best way to know if you have sleep apnea is to have a professional sleep study completed where you are monitored throughout the night to see if your breathing and air intake is affected.

Please ask us if you have further questions about snoring or sleep apnea.  We are happy to help!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles


Snore appliances really do work!

October 23, 2012

Filed under: Snoring and Sleep Apnea — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 11:58 pm

“We’re sleeping better . . .  thanks to our dentist!”


Virtually all of us snore from time to time.  In fact, it is estimated that about one third of the population snores regularly.  Light snoring is no more than an occasional, inconvenient habit, but heavy, loud snoring could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea which deprives your body of oxygen.  Snoring and sleep apnea are manageable and curable, but most people do not consider contacting their dentist to help them.  It’s time to re-consider!

What causes snoring and sleep apnea?

When we fall asleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax making the breathing airway smaller.  This increases the speed of the air flowing through the airway and causes the soft tissues to vibrate, much like air whooshing out of a balloon.

In more severe cases, the soft tissues collapse against the back of the throat, cutting off the airway for 10 seconds or more.  Lack of oxygen forces you to partially awaken, often with a loud gasp in order to open the airway.  This condition is called obstructive sleep apnea.

Some of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring, gasping, or jerking during sleep
  • Headache and sore throat
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Confusion upon wakening, difficulty concentrating, irritability, or depression

What is the best treatment for snoring?

Several simple actions may help you stop snoring, including losing weight, avoiding alcohol, sleeping on your side, and using a humidifier.

The most common treatment for snoring and sleep apnea is a customized oral appliance similar to a sports mouth guard or teeth whitening tray.  This specially customized appliance moves the lower jaw into a forward position which enlarges the airway and subsequently, the soft tissue vibration.  Clinical research studies have found these appliances to have a success rate of over 80 percent.  The key to successful treatment with your oral appliance is custom fitting so that it meets your unique needs and will maintain an open, unobstructed airway while you sleep.

If you have a problem with snoring or believe you may suffer from sleep apnea, give us a call – we have strategies to help you!

If you would like more information our office would be happy to help! Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.

This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC .  We feel that your dental health is the top priority, and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635. Tooth bleaching is one of the things we do that is actually fun!

Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call or email us if you have any questions or concerns.

Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health

Julie Gillis DDS