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 www.britishsnoring.co.uk
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:
- The dentist has undergone a documented training course in the provision of anti-snoring appliances which includes training in the appropriate screening for OSA.
- The patient has been properly assessed for the signs and symptoms of OSA in accordance with contemporary standards and such assessment is documented.
- If the patient exhibits signs or symptoms of OSA, there must be a referral for a medical assessment.
- 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.