Snoring and Sleeping Apnoea

What causes snoring?

When you sleep the throat muscles relax and the jaw and tongue fall back narrowing the airway. In some people the airway is narrow enough to allow air to escape making the soft tissues vibrate. This noise is what we call snoring.

What is Sleep Apnoea?

The throat muscles and tongue relax when asleep however some people snore so badly that the relaxed airway is partially or completely blocked. Each event of airway collapse is called an "apnoea" which means "without breath".  Often the sleeper will awake but most times the sleeper does not know this is happening and only feel that they never get a good night's sleep and are very tired during the day.

Treatment options?

There are several ways to treat "snoring" or "sleep apnoea".  These are:

1. Surgical procedure to open the airway.
2. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a bedside device and nasal mask which delivers a small increase in airway pressure to stop airway vibration and the associated noise of snoring.
3. A snore guard is the simplest way to treat snoring and mild sleep apnoea.  It is very similar to a mouth guard.  Our dentist will take moulds of the top and bottom teeth then our onsite technician will custom-fabricate the snore guard to specially fit your mouth. The snore guard is worn at night, holding the lower jaw slightly forward. This opens up the airway allowing easier breathing and to immediately stop snoring. The brand we use at Victoria Denture Lab is called Silent Nite®


Silent Nite® is a dentist-prescribed solution for a more restful night's sleep. This affordable device is flexible, thin and comfortable to wear. Silent Nite® positions the lower jaw forward using special s-shaped connectors that are attached to upper and lower trays. These trays are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and BPA-free.