In some cases, snoring, SDB or OSA is positional. In other words, the obstructive events only occur while sleeping supine (on the back). The SlumberBUMP sleep positioning belt is exactly what it sounds like. It consists of a neoprene belt with a small inflatable bumper inserted into the back, which prevents a person from rolling onto their back in their sleep. It has been found to be extremely effective at keeping people on their sides or their bellies.
If you decide to try positional therapy as a treatment option for positional OSA/snoring, it’s important to retest with the device in place to verify that it is working.
If you determine that your OSA is mild to moderate, or if you are negative for OSA and looking for snoring solutions, the Somnoguard AP may be an option. It is a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), meaning it is an appliance molded specifically to your teeth that is designed to pull your lower jaw forward. By pulling the lower jaw forward, your throat is held open slightly, preventing the narrowing and collapsing associated with snoring and mild cases of OSA.
The appliance is fitted by a trained clinical staff member, and requires assessment and titration post-fitting to eliminate the snoring. Once adjusted, the effectiveness of the appliance is assessed by completing a repeat in-home sleep study with the fitted appliance in place to make sure your SDB is being addressed by the appliance.
Because the appliance works on your throat, there’s a chance the appliance may not completely control your snoring if you have sinus problems. Depending on your anatomy, pulling the jaw forward may not be enough to control your SDB.
The Somnoguard AP can also be used as a “backup” to CPAP therapy. Depending on the severity and nature of your OSA, you may be able to use the appliance as a secondary treatment option for periods of time when CPAP use isn’t possible, ie: camping, overnight flights, loss of power, etc.
Your Snore Shop clinician will help you decide if the Somnoguard AP may be a viable option for you.For more information about the Somnoguard AP, click here.
Poor muscle tone in the tongue, mouth and upper throat contribute to snoring, SDB and OSA. Myofunctional therapy involves using a group of exercises that target the face and tongue to strengthen the muscles and reduce the snoring and obstructive events.
Myofunctional therapy requires a daily commitment of at least 45 minutes devoted to performing these exercises, and it can take up to 2 years for the benefits to be noted; however, it is a natural remedy that treats the cause of the SDB, and in those determined to find an alternative to traditional therapy, it can reduce the number of obstructive incidents by half.
For details about myofunctional therapy (including exercises you can complete at home), click here.