Mandibular advancement orthoses
During sleep, a dental splint called an orthosis moves the lower jaw forward a few millimetres. This advances the back of the tongue, freeing up the passage of inspired air.
This well-known medical solution is called mandibular advancement. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated by numerous clinical studies. It eliminates or considerably reduces snoring.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also recommends this solution for mild to moderate sleep apnoea and snoring (less than 30 apnoeas per hour).
For more severe cases, the solution of a nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask is generally more effective. However, in cases of severe apnoea and intolerance of the mask, orthoses may be indicated.
Effective in over 90% snorers, orthoses are currently the mainstay of snoring treatment.
It is advisable to consult your ear, nose and throat specialist or pneumologist, who will be able to carry out the sleep tests (polygraphy or polysomnography) needed to choose the right therapy, particularly if you suffer from sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea generally causes extreme fatigue during the day.