Snoring & Sleep Apnoea
What is snoring?
Snoring is caused by the partial closure of the airway during sleep. During sleep muscles in the neck relax and for some people the soft tissue in the upper throat vibrates, which makes the sound we know as snoring.
Some snorers stop snoring and also stop breathing - a medical condition called Sleep Apnoea. This is caused by the airway closing completely during sleep thereby preventing snorers from breathing. This condition is called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). At Dove Holistic Dental Centre our trained clinicians can help determine whether you may have OSA.
Snoring is more than just a loud noise. It leads to broken sleep for snorers and their partner. This can have a profound impact on their quality of life as it can be embarrassing and create marriage problems.
Research has shown that 60% of patients who snore have less sex and in 80% of cases they sleep in separate rooms. In addition snoring has been associated with medical complications and if left untreated the potential for developing obstructive sleep apnoea.
Why does this happen?
Certain factors increase the chances of being a snorer:
- Physiology-some of us are more likely to snore due to our physiology
- Sex-men tend to put on upper body weight and therefore have more soft tissue around the neck. This makes men more prone to snoring.
- Weight-If you are overweight then you will have more soft tissue around your neck which increases the chances of snoring.
- Age-As we age our muscles become weaker and this can lead to weaker throat muscles.
- Lifestyle-Some people snore after drinking alcohol or taking sleeping tablets. This causes additional relaxation of muscles in the neck and throat.
How is my Health & Lifestyle affected?
Snoring has an immense impact on the health and quality of life for the snorer, their partner and family. The lack of sleep caused by snoring has wide reaching effects such as:
- daytime sleepiness
- poor motivation
- higher stress levels
- lack of energy
- driving whilst tired
- less effectiveness at work
- poor relationships with partner
Don't let snoring ruin your life, Dove Holistic Dental Centre can offer you a solution.
Our dentists are trained to fit Sleepwell a clinically proven mandibular advancement splint (MAS). It has a reported 95% effectiveness in reducing snoring.
Sleepwell prevents the lower jaw from dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways during sleep – an effective stop snoring remedy. 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. It is the most clinically successful and advanced two-piece mouth piece to help stop snoring.
Key benefits of Sleepwell
- Customised to your mouth for maximum comfort
- Highly Successful - a reported 95% success in reducing snoring
- Self-adjustable permitting longer life and total flexibility
- Robust but slim line
- Side to side movement whilst being worn
- Prevents tooth damage from clenching / grinding
- Modification can be made to allow for dental treatment
By visiting your dentist you can rest assured that you are not miss diagnosing the more severe condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea as Snoring.
"I have had a snoring problem for a very long time and have tried everything. I have actually tried CPAP and it never worked for me, but since I have used the Sleepwell splint it has completely changed my life. It is amazing how a small customised mouthpiece like that can have so much effect on me. Having had such profound problems I am not sure that I can actually do without the splint, I just like it. The snoring was so bad I actually woke everybody up at home. Now they can barely hear me when I sleep".
Less effective ways to treat 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 and can be extremely painful. We recommend this as the last option to stop snoring.
There are a number of readily available “off the shelf” products, which purport to offer a snoring treatment. As far as we are aware these treatments are not clinically trialed and do not involve contact with a trained healthcare professional.
Designed to stick across the nose to flare the nostrils and allow increased air intake while sleeping. The issue for snorers is not the amount of air in the airway, but the tendency for the tissue in the airway to vibrate, so the strips have little or no proven effect.
Designed to hold the mouth closed during sleep this options does not directly address the area where snoring occurs and is also not an option if you have difficulty breathing through the nose. Little or no clinical data supports the use of chin straps to stop snoring.
The thinking behind sprays is that the throat is coated in order to reduce snoring. Independent clinical data suggest there is no clinical data to support this type of treatment. This type of treatment is expensive as a container lasts approximately a month equating to an annual cost of £150 per year.
This is a charming but misleading concept as it does not address the problem of snoring and there is no supporting clinical data.
Singing exercises for peaceful sleep
There is no clinical data supporting the treatment of snoring by singing alone. Singing exercises may strenghten the muscles, however as the airway changes when we are asleep, singing alone will have little or no impact.
Alternative home solutions
Ideas that using tennis balls in bras (worn on the back), a kick from the partner or the use of ear plugs are old wives tales. They overlook the fact that by waking the snorer he/she will be exposed to the other health related issues of fatigue, poor performance at work and driving while tired.