Could a visit to the dentist save your relationship?

Anyone who sleeps beside someone who snores knows what I’m talking about. Just ask my wife. Personally, I’d rather get divorced than sleep with a bulky snore guard that makes me gag, sorry Geri.

Forced to sleep on my right side facing the wall, I would wake occasionally to a half-empty bed, my wife on the couch. It wasn’t until our daughter told me she didn’t want to share a hotel room with me on our overseas holiday that I became a dentist on a mission.

Using myself as a guinea pig, I’ve developed a brand-new snore guard design that stops snoring immediately without surgery or a bulky appliance.

Snore guards, or anti-snoring mouthguards, have been around for a few years but tend to be bulky and uncomfortable. Been there. Done that.

Aside from annoying our sleep-deprived spouses, snoring can cause serious health risks.

According to the Sleep Health Foundation, ”obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep, causing disrupted breathing and often snoring. The condition is common, affecting 775,000

Australians, and is linked to daytime fatigue and cardiovascular problems”.

When you snore or experience sleep apnea, your brain goes without oxygen and, in severe cases, it can cause brain damage or even dementia.

A snore guard prevents your jaw from dropping back and obstructing the airway during sleep. My anti-snore mouthguard design is unique because I’ve developed it to only attach to one jaw, whereas other models attach to both the upper and lower teeth. Unlike the others, it’s way more comfortable and allows you to sleep with your mouth open or closed.

I fiddled with many different designs; some worked but were uncomfortable, and some didn’t work at all.

One morning I woke up and my wife asked, “Did you wear a snore guard last night? Because you didn’t snore!”. We wouldn’t count our chickens then, but after two weeks snore-free, I knew I had cracked the code.

My patients have had great results too. They wake up refreshed, without dry mouth or a sore throat. Most of them have been allowed back into their bedrooms.

Snore guards are perfect for people who find that CPAP machines don’t work for them.

They are a solution for sleep apnea and snoring. My thin, smooth design even works for people who have a sensitive gag reflex (I can testify to that).

My snore guards are fitted to each individual. We take a highly precise scan of the patient’s mouth, and with smooth resin, we print a custom snore guard to fit. Most of the time we can do this on the same day. If it does not fit perfectly at first, I can adjust the design until you are comfortable and physically unable to snore (we get you to try it right in the office!).

The cherry on top is that you don’t have to swallow the entire cost yourself. My design is less than half the price of traditional snore guards, and most health insurances cover the bulk of your bill.

These are easy to clean with soapy water and are durable, lasting years. If you lose your device, or if your dog eats it, like mine did, we can print you another one quickly and easily.

You don’t have to visit us at Dentists of Tasmania to get one of my custom-fitted anti-snore mouthguards. If your dentist has a 3D scanner, they can send me your scan and I can fit your device remotely. Our practice in Sorell offers a money-back guarantee within two weeks, which proves how much we believe in my designs.

Do your partner a favour and make an appointment to get fitted for a snore guard. It’s better (and cheaper) than couples therapy.

Book online www. dentistsoftas.com.au or call us at Dentists of Tasmania (03) 6265 2009.

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