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Snoring - don't let it ruin  your life

Snoring is more than just a loud noise. It leads to broken sleep for the snorer and their partner. This can have a profound impact on their quality of life and can create relationship problems. In addition snoring has been associated with several other medical complications if left untreated.

What is snoring?
The causes of snoring
The effect on your health and lifestyle
Treatment options
The next step


What is snoring?

Snoring is caused by a partial closure of your airway during sleep due to a relaxation of the muscles in your neck. The soft tissue then vibrates to cause the sound of snoring.


The causes of snoring

 

  • Physiology - the shape of the airway in some people makes snoring more likely
  • Being overweight - excess body fat increases the chances of snoring
  • Age - as we age weaker throat muscles increase the likelihood of snoring
  • Lifestyle - some people snore after drinking alcohol or taking sleeping tablets due to the extra relaxation caused in the neck and throat


The effect on your health and lifestyle

 

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • A lack of energy
  • Poor motivation
  • Accidents related to driving while tired
  • Higher stress levels due to fatigue
  • Less effectiveness at work
  • Reduced sex drive


What are the options for treatment?

Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) are customised mouth pieces made for each patient to be worn at night time to treat snoring.

There are various options available:

1. Level One - Economy Option - Snoreshield

Snoreshield is a simple preformed boil and bite mouth piece which helps some snorers.

2. Level Two - Snoresolve

Snoresolve is clinically proven, custom-fitted for comfort but does not allow any adjustments for effectiveness.

3. Gold Standard - Sleepwell™

The Sleepwell™ is the most clinically proven. Custom-fitted to offer maximum comfort and retention and allows adjustments to optimise effectiveness.

4. Losing weight

Loss of weight can reduce or stop snoring and there are numerous other health benefits but it is a gradual process.

5. Snoring surgery

There are a number of snoring surgery options but they are not always successful and can be extremely painful. We recommend this as the last-resort option to stop snoring.

6. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

CPAP is the gold standard for sufferers of severe obstructive sleep Apnoea, which is a far more serious form of breathing disorder affecting about 5% of snorers.This is where some snorers stop breathing and start again a few seconds later accompanied by a choke, gasp or snort. Every time we stop breathing, known as 'Apnoea', our bodies are starved of oxygen. CPAP treatment is not recommended for the treatment of simple snoring.

Where do I go from here?

The first step in assessing the severity of your (or your partner's) snoring problem is to complete a pre-screening questionnaire. This can be done as part of your initial consultation with your dentist OR a free online assessment done for you. Just click on the link below and follow the instructions for ''free online snoring assessment''.

www.solutions4snoring.com

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Once this is done, you can have your treatment started. It will involve a consultation and set of dental impressions to fabricate the custom fitted splint. A second visit is needed to have the MAS fitted and a demonstration on how to make the adjustments.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment for a consultation, please contact the practice.

More information on Snoring

Snoreshield

SnoringSnoreshield is a simple pre-formed thermo plastic Boil and Bite mandibular advancement splint. This splint reduces snoring for some patients and is worn at night whilst asleep. It takes less than 5 minutes to mould Snoreshield to your teeth.

Snoresolve

snoringSnoresolve is a clinically proven mandibular advancement splint to treat snoring. Snoresolve is worn in the mouth at night to hold the lower jaw slightly forward. This reduces the risk of the airway narrowing, which causes the vibration of the soft tissue and the sound of snoring

Sleepwell

snoringSleepwell prevents the lower jaw from dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways during sleep – an effective stop snoring remedy. Sleepwell is a custom made mouth piece produced within our laboratory to fit your teeth. Sleepwell has some unique features including a soft inner lining, allows side to side movement of the lower jaw and most importantly allows the patient to adjust it to maximize effectiveness. High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found Sleepwell an acceptable snoring remedy.

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