Do you sound like a buzz saw when you sleep? If not, maybe you listen to someone else who snores like that.
Some dentists now are using a new gadget to treat snoring. It's a custom fit mouthpiece called a N.O.R.A.D. That stands for Nocturnal ORal Airway Dilator. What looks like a double athletic mouthguard works by counteracting the most common cause of snoring.
Dr. Michael Gelb explains that what happens when you snore is that your head goes back in the pillow, your muscles relax, and when the jaw goes back, the tongue and the soft palate obstruct the airway.
So, here's how the N.O.R.A.D. works. When the appliance is placed in the mouth, it repositions the jaw forward enough to keep the tongue and other soft tissues out of the way, keeping the airway open to reduce or eliminate snoring.
The N.O.R.A.D. is popular right now in the New York area. I haven't found a dentist who is using it here yet, but I understand it costs about $1,000 and is sometimes covered by insurance.
The N.O.R.A.D. is adjustable. Depending on whether the patient has allergies, they have a cold, they've had a couple of drinks that night, the patient can literally move their jaw in a different position to increase the amount of air that comes down into the lungs.
Dr. Gelb says the right candidate for the N.O.R.A.D. is a snorer with no more than mild to moderate sleep apnea. For more information on N.O.R.A.D., you can ( click here ).