Properly Made Dental Device Improved Airway Size By 50% To Help Stop Snoring

A CT-scan is a type of Xray which allows for 3-dimensional measurement of the head and neck. If you look down the neck, from-the-top-down, you can measure the minimum circumference area of the breathing tube with a CT.

Snoring. And unable to fall back asleep after frequent trips to the bathroom. These are common symptoms for someone with a resisted breathing problem.

This 55-year old male chose to get a custom dental device to help solve this sleep problem. The dental device is worn while asleep to protect his airway. There’s four key steps to make a dental device properly:

  1. register a proper bite relationship between the jaws
  2. get precise impression of the teeth (either digital scan or classic puddy)
  3. send to lab, and make sure the bite & impression are perfectly matched
  4. when a perfect match is confirmed, lab can proceed to make a slim device

In this case, a posture bite technique was used to find the healthy jaw spot. And then a dental mouthpiece was made to match that posture bite.

This CT-scan report shows nearly a 50% increase in his airway minimum circumference area (from 65mm2 to 90mm2) with dental device fitted in place. Which means his breathing tube now has more support to keep his airflow.

This patient now admits he can sleep thru the night with less interruption. And sleep is more quiet. If he were to add nasal therapy, he might benefit even more.

AirwayFirst® case courtesy HK® Dental Group

Treatment architected by Harry Kunelis DDS

Posture bite: Harry Kunelis DDS

CT-Scan Source: Armitage Oral Surgery

Scan Report: Beam Readers