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Dr. Renger can now help his patients with snoring problems.

This video provides patient instruction on how to hook up and wear the NOX T3 portable sleep monitor. 
It also covers EMG (electromyogram) placement for Bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching).

While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications.  It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North American snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of their loved ones and other family members.  Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.

What causes snoring?

Snoring can be the result of several factors.  Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the airway passage smaller.  The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through, the airway passage it moves over in the soft tissues of the mouth and throat causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound.  Other causes of snoring may include:

  • Excess body weight
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain sleep aides or sedatives
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?

If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night's sleep!  The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping you breather better so you can get a full, quiet night's sleep.

Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe.  Dr. Renger will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.

Is a MAD comfortable?

The answer is simple -- Yes!  A mandibular advancement device is made to be comfortable, so that you can sleep without even noticing you are wearing it.  It does not prevent you from breathing with you mouth open and will even eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies.  you may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary, and will go away after waking up and removing the device.