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Snoring Solutions in St. Louis

Dental Solutions for Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Dr. James Lillenberg DDS has the experience and expertise you end the discomfort of a life with sleep apnea, without ever having to use a CPAP machine or endure other painful remedies. If you are suffering from sleep apnea or experience severe snoring, it’s time to get professional help and restore your ability to experience deep, restful sleep.

Call (314) 227-9141 today or contact us online to schedule your first appointment with us.

Snoring: Facts and Figures

What is snoring anyway, and why is it such a big deal? Far more than just a nuisance, snoring is the sound caused by the vibration of the soft palate as air passes thru a restricted airway. Snoring is a sign that your airways are restricted while you are sleeping or laying down, and this can lead to a host of problems beyond preventing your partner from sleeping.

However, if you do snore, you aren’t alone. Statistics show that a large segment of the American population snores and some of the numbers may surprise you:

  • 48% of the population snores
  • 29% of snorers are unaware that they do so
  • 20% of snorers have OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
  • Habitual snoring can occur in the absence of signs and symptoms of OSA
  • Tremendous variability in snoring intensity and frequency from night to night
  • Snoring is usually worse in the supine (back) position for most snorers; this type of snoring is often referred to as positional snoring
  • Patients who snore significantly on their side, stomach (prone) as well as their back are referred to as non-postitional snorers
  • Oral appliances are often the first choice for snoring in those patients without OSA & those patients with mild OSA
  • CPAP usually controls snoring for those patients with moderate and severe OSA

How Do Oral Appliances Work For Snoring?

Oral appliances treat snoring by positioning and holding the lower jaw in a braced protruded position while a patient sleeps. The device is placed intraorally at bedtime, worn at night, and removable by the patient in the morning. It is attached to the teeth by friction grip trays that are connected to both arches.

Oral appliances to treat snoring are referred to as mandibular advancing devices. They are different than occlusal splints designed to treat grinding and bruxism- they can also effectively treat bruxism.

If it sounds complicated and technical, that’s because it is. If you are struggling to find a snoring solution that works for you, let us help. Call (314) 227-9141 to get in touch with a member of our team and schedule your first appointment today.

Comfort And Adjustments to Oral Appliances

Oral appliances for snoring are mandibular advancing devices (MAD). They are often snug-fitting but need to be comfortable. Most patients adjust very well to them after a break-in period. Adjustments by a qualified dentist are usually necessary to optimize fit, comfort and efficacy. These appliances are precision adjustable devices that need to be calibrated for the degree of protrusion and the vertical dimension of opening. Only a dentist with experience and training should make the adjustments to the appliance.

Do you need help adjusting your oral appliance? We can do that. Call our office today at (314) 227-9141 and get a hold of someone who can help.

Side Effects of Oral Appliances

  • Sore muscles and joint discomfort in some patients is usually transient and subsides after the initial adjustment period
  • Some patients are unable to tolerate their devices and will stop wearing them thus abandon therapy
  • TMD (temporal mandibular dysfunction) is not a contraindication for an anti-snoring device but patient and dentist should proceed cautiously. Therapy can actually help TMD pain as well as reduce snoring.
  • Long-term successful use in some patients can change how teeth fit together and how the upper & lower jaw relate. This change in some patients can be irreversible but not rarely problematic. In most patients, this can usually be prevented by active monitoring of the treating dentist. Patients are advised to have the qualified dentist monitor their bite during therapy.


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  • Tufts School of Dental Medicine
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • ADA

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Why Leave Your Sleep Dentistry Needs in Our Care?
  • Experienced Dentist

    For more than 35 years, Dr. Lillenberg has helped patients patients throughout the area.

  • Striving for Your Comfort

    With an emphasis on gentle care, we want to you to feel at home when you come to our office.

  • Flexible Payment Plan

    Dr. Lillenberg accepts most insurance plans and offers flexible financing options.

  • Unique Help for Sleep Apnea

    We are proud to be the only dentistry offering sleep dentistry services in St. Louis.