Snoring can have a huge impact on your own wellbeing and that of your family; you may despair of ever finding a snoring remedy. Aside from the obvious effects of sleepiness and lack of motivation, snoring is linked to serious health issues like increased blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Snoring is caused by a partial closure of your airway during sleep due to the relaxation of your neck muscles; the soft tissue then vibrates causing the snoring sound. Some people are more prone to snoring: it is more common in men, with weight, age and lifestyle also being contributing factors. Some snorers also have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), where the person actually stops breathing then starts again with a gasp or a snort. This leads to incredibly disrupted sleep, again contributing to ongoing health problems. Snoring should never be something you just put up with, there is a snoring remedy available.
What Can My Dentist Do?
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 Spa Dental or as a free online assessment; just follow the instructions for Online Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Assessment.
The four clinically proven treatments are Mandibular Advancement Splint Therapy (MAS), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), loosing weight and surgery.
Mandibular Advancement Splints
MAS stop the lower jaw from dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways – an effective remedy for stopping snoring. At Spa Dental we recommend Sleepwell MAS, the most clinically successful and advanced two-piece mouth piece for reducing snoring. The Sleepwell works by holding the bottom jaw in a slightly forward position. This action is similar to doing a chin lift in First Aid; by holding the bottom jaw forward by just a few millimetres, the tongue is allowed to move forward, which opens the airway significantly. By allowing the passage of air more freely, Sleepwell reduces snoring.
Sleepwell has some unique features: it has a soft inner lining for maximum comfort; it allows side to side movement of the lower jaw; most importantly, it offers full patient adjustability to maximize effectiveness. High levels of patient comfort mean that during clinical trials, over 98% of patients found Sleepwell an acceptable snoring remedy.
Contact us to find out more about how Sleepwell can work for you.
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