July 30, 2003
Dr. Max Gomez
Do you sound like a buzz saw when you sleep? If you find your spouse on the couch in the morning because your snoring is unbearable, you might want to try a new gadget that will help you both get a good night's sleep.
As many as 90 million Americans are estimated to be snorers, who are told to lose weight, have palate surgery-- or be fitted for a special kind of mouthpiece.
It’s called NORAD- short for nocturnal oral airway dilator. It’s a custom-fit device that's essentially like a double athletic mouthguard. It’s meant to counteract the most common cause of snoring.
"What happens when you snore is that your head goes back in the pillow, your muscles relax and when the jaw goes back, the tongue and the soft palate obstruct the airway," said Dr. Michael Gelb, dentist.
When the NORAD appliance is placed in the mouth, it repositions the jaw forward enough to keep the tongue and other soft tissues out of the way, keeping the airway open and snore-free, and the device is adjustable and once you get used to it, it can help two people sleep better.
The right candidate for the NORAD is a snorer with no more than mild to moderate sleep apnea. A dentist has to fit you for it, and the cost is between a thousand and $1,500.
Check with your insurance company to see if it will help pay for it.
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