Did you know that your snoring might indicate a more severe underlying condition?
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Many people are embarrassed by the fact that they snore, however often or severely it might occur. In reality though, over 40% of all adults snore, and of these, almost 30% also experience sleep apnoea – a disruptive and sometimes serious condition that can drastically affect your quality of life and health.
Snoring occurs as a result of the tongue and lower jaw falling back during sleep, which in turn restricts the size of the airway. The lungs have to take in air at an increased speed in order to maintain the necessary level of oxygen in your body, and this movement of air causes the soft tissues in the throat and mouth to vibrate.
Certain factors may affect your likelihood of snoring, including:
The physical shape of your airway – narrow airways can become constricted during sleep more easily, leading to snoring
Your weight – being overweight contributes to the constriction of your airway during sleep
Your age – throat muscles become weaker with age, and therefore more susceptible to partial airway constriction
Your lifestyle – consumption of alcohol or sleeping tablets, for example, can cause your throat muscles to relax and therefore result in snoring
It is important to remember that not all of these factors will be under your control. Severe or constant snoring could be the sign of a more serious underlying issue, so it’s important to be assessed by a qualified medical or dental professional.
At Westerham Dental Care we offer two types of snoring solution – Somnowell and Sleepwell. Our dentists will assess your particular situation to determine which is best for you, but in the meantime you can read more about each type of treatment below.
As featured on BBC1’s Goodnight Britain, the Somnowell is a thin metal device that is worn in the mouth during sleep. It helps to keep the airway open and uninhibited throughout the night, therefore preventing snoring too.
Your bespoke Somnowell device will be created uniquely for your mouth, following a set of measurements and moulds taken at your initial appointment. It will go through rigorous testing processes during its manufacture to ensure it’s a perfect fit for you!
Despite what you might think about having a metal device in your mouth overnight, the Somnowell is very comfortable and unobtrusive. This clip from Goodnight Britain shows its remarkable effects on a chronic snorer.
Somnowell devices have been proven to be incredibly successful at preventing snoring. This in turn allows you to enjoy unbroken sleep and helps to lift your mood, concentration and attention during the day, not to mention ensuring you always feel well rested!
For more information, or to make an appointment for a consultation, please call us on 01959 564341.
Like the Somnowell, Sleepwell is also a custom-made appliance to be worn in the mouth during the night. It resembles a gumshield or mouthguard in appearance, consisting of two moulds that fit over your top and bottom jaw.
It works by holding the lower jaw slightly further forward than normal, allowing the tongue to move forward and therefore keeping the airway open to eliminate the obstructions that cause snoring.
One of the major advantages of the Sleepwell device is that it can be adjusted to ensure maximum benefit. You can even do this at home by adjusting the upper plate to bring the jaw further forward.
The Sleepwell allows for optimum comfort during sleep – in trials 98% of people found it to be a comfortable and effective anti-snoring solution. It also prevents tooth damage from clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep.
For more information about the Sleepwell device, or to make an appointment for a consultation, simply call us on 01959 564341.
“The mandibular device I had fitted at your practice has significantly reduced the effects of the obstructive sleep apnoea I was experiencing. My sleep patterns and quality of life in general have greatly improved.”
Mr P G – October 2014
“I have an anti-snore appliance that was fitted over a year ago. I am thrilled with the results – it has almost stopped my snoring and my teeth grinding. The advice given by Westerham Dental Care was excellent, I would thoroughly recommend.”
Mrs K J – May 2015
“My husband has been wearing an anti-snoring appliance at night for the past 7 years. It has improved my sleep so much as I am not being woken up by his loud snoring. He also used to stop breathing during the night and that has now been completely resolved. He says that he is feeling so much better and rested since wearing the appliance and could not contemplate not having one.”
Mrs L L – April 2015
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