Snoring is the noise caused by partial closure of the airway due to the relaxation of the soft tissue in the upper throat. This partly from the tongue dropping backwards whilst sleeping. Certain factors increase the chances of snoring; physiology, gender, age, weight and lifestyle. Factors that lead to increased soft tissue around the neck contribute, as do factors that cause additional relaxation of muscles, such as drinking alcohol or the use of sleeping tablets.
In extreme cases, partial closure of the airways can result in a drop of oxygen reaching the lungs. Equally individuals can stop breathing altogether, with the sleeper starting to breathe again with a gasp, choke or snort. This is indicative of OSA, where our body and brain is starved of oxygen for a short period of time. Snorers are more prone to developing the more serious OSA.
Snoring and sleep Apnoea can have an immense impact on the sufferer, their partner and the family:
OSA is also known to contribute to more serious health issues:
The safest and least invasive treatment will be to
Visit a Trained Dentist in diagnosing OSA and certified in Mandibular Advancement treatments and/ or Visit your GP immediately-
The GP can discuss treatments on the NHS. If you feel that you actually have OSA- then ask for a sleep centre referral. Most of our local ENT departments have sleep clinics. Avoid surgical procedures as studies show that they are not any more effective than non surgical approaches.
Certified Dentists have been trained to undertake diagnosis, treatment and provide a follow up care service to snorers and those with OSA.
If your dentist believes you are suffering from Simple Snoring which may develop or is contributing to OSA- then they will recommend a mouth appliance which is to be worn at night time. It works by advancing your lower jaw into a comfortable and measured position to allow the airway to remain patent whilst sleeping.
This will decrease the effects of snoring and the noise will be considerably reduced too. You will get a better night sleep – and feel more alert / and awake during the daytime. More productive at work and have longer concentration span.
It will be safer to drive without tiredness setting in and not to mention better sleep for you and your partner!
The most clinically proven treatment of snoring and mild to moderate sleep Apnoea is the Sleepwell and Somnowell devices. The Somnowell is a more robust and comfortable device but is more costly.
Many dentists are able to offer interest free finance.
At Longwood House Dental Care – For the month of June and July as part of our Anti Snoring Awareness Programme– We are offering Free Consultations, which involves a assessment and discussion of treatments that will be suitable for you.
CONTACT – 020 8551 0088 FOR MORE INFORMATION/ BOOK TO SEE A CERTIFIED CLINICIAN.