Anti-Snoring Aids

Snoring is a problem that may be a sign of a more serious condition eg Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

There are numerous designs for anti-snoring aids. The one shown in our gallery is made using the Silensor system.

Before an anti-snoring device is made the patient should to be assessed for the signs and symptoms of OSA.

For more information the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoe Association is an excellent source

Patients may request that a dentist or CDT (CDT on prescription) provide an anti-snoring device. A dental member will be entitled to apply for assistance in respect of the provision of such appliances provided the following conditions are met:

  1. The dentist has undergone a documented training course in the provision of anti-snoring appliances which includes training in the appropriate screening for OSA.
  2. The patient has been properly assessed for the signs and symptoms of OSA in accordance with contemporary standards and such assessment is documented.
  3. If the patient exhibits signs or symptoms of OSA, there must be a referral for a medical assessment.
  4. Patients should be advised if appropriate of the risks and benefits of anti-snoring appliances including any potential impact on the occlusion and the temporomandibular joints. Documentary evidence of the consent process must be kept.

Where OSA is present, any anti-snoring device should only be provided as part of an integrated treatment plan.