Snoring is the noise caused by the vibration of the soft tissue in your airway, but it is more than just a loud noise which leads to broken sleep for snorers and their partners. This can have a profound impact on our quality of life and also create real problems within relationships.
The good news is that we can offer a practical solution to the problem. Jamie Warnock, one of our dentists, is trained to provide Sleepwell, the most clinically effective dental type device for snoring. Sleepwell is a cost effective and long term snoring remedy. The device which is worn just for sleep, holds the lower jaw in its normal position (or advanced if necessary) reducing snoring.
High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 97% of patients found Sleepwell an acceptable snoring remedy.Book a consultation with Jamie
Snoring is caused by breathing through the mouth during sleep. It occurs when the throat relaxes and the tongue falls into the airway in the back of the throat causing a vibration in the soft tissue.
The vibration in the back of the throat is often caused when there is an interruption to the free flow of air through the nose and throat. The structures that may cause this disruption are:
Because snorers are asleep while they snore, they’re usually unaware of their problem unless a spouse makes them aware. It may also be difficult for snorers to make a connection between snoring and daytime symptoms. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of daytime symptoms that may be red flags that snoring is disturbing your sleep.
Studies have shown that the lack of sleep caused by snoring has wide reaching effects such as:
As you may be aware, Snoring can be linked to other sleep related issues most commonly Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA); up to 4% of middle aged men and 2% of middle aged women are affected. This is a condition where during sleep, the airway narrows to such a degree that breathing stops completely. This can happen for several seconds and several times during sleep. This disturbance to sleep can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and other symptoms.
To provide you with the best possible care, prior to being provided with a Sleepwell device, you will be asked to complete a pre-screening questionnaire in order to rule out other issues such as OSA. If there is an indication that you could be at risk, Jamie will refer you for further investigation or arrange a private home sleep study.
Most people will hide their snoring problem or pretend that it doesn’t exist, but it can be a very serious condition. Sometimes snoring can be treated with changes in lifestyle, but when that doesn’t work, medical evaluation is necessary.
The four clinically proven snoring treatments are Mandibular Advancement Splint therapy, CPAP, losing weight and surgery.
Mandibular Advancement Splint Therapy (Anti-Snoring Devices)
Mandibular Advancement Splints are customised mouth pieces made for each patient to be worn at night time to treat snoring.
The Sleepwell is the most clinically proven device, tailor-made to offer maximum comfort and retention and allows the patient to adjust to optimize effectiveness. ‘Boil and bite’ mouthguards tend to be less effective than custom made appliances.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPAP is the gold standard for sufferers of severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, There are many types of CPAP equipment and a number of CPAP products. CPAP treatment is not recommended for the treatment of simple snoring.
Loss of weight can reduce or stop snoring and there are numerous other health benefits, but it is a gradual process.
There are a number of snoring surgery options, but they are not always successful. We recommend this as the last option to stop snoring.Book a consultation with Jamie