Do You Or Your Partner Snore?

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Snoring is perceived as a real social taboo. We don't talk about our snoring and we mock those who snore. However, science is making us more aware of the real nature of snoring and the potential negative health issues associated with it. 50% of the adult population suffers because of snoring. However, snorers and their partners don't have to suffer in silence as we can offer a highly successful, non surgical solution.

 

 

OUR SOLUTION FOR SNORING


Newnham Dental Practice recommends the highly successful 'Solutions 4 Snoring' SLEEPWELL device. This method is clinically proven but does not require invasive surgery or intrusive facial masks.

The SLEEPWELL is a custom made appliance with well-researched clinical data. In scientific trials the appliance was acceptable to 98% of patients. SLEEPWELL has been designed for maximum patient comfort and it is therefore simply placed into the mouth before going to sleep. Whilst sleeping SLEEPWELL holds the lower jaw forward by as little as 2 - 3 mm. This alleviates the pressure at the back of the throat to eliminate or reduce snoring.

Your dentist will discuss your suitability for this treatment and complete the S4S patient pre-screening questionnaire.
Following diagnosis impressions of your mouth will be taken and a SLEEPWELL appliance will be custom-made to accurately fit our mouth. You should only need two appointments - the initial consultation and the final fit following laboratory manufacture.



 

SNORING EXPLAINED
Snoring is perceived as a real social taboo. We don't talk about our snoring and we mock those who snore. However, science is making us more aware of the real nature of snoring and the potential negative health issues associated with it. 50% of the adult population suffers because of snoring. However, snorers and their partners don't have to suffer in silence as we can offer a highly successful, non surgical solution.

What is snoring?
Snoring results from a partial closure of your airway during sleep. When you sleep the muscles in your neck relax and under certain conditions the soft tissue in the upper throat vibrates, which makes you SNORE.

Why does it happen?
Snorers are often made to feel guilty; however the causes of snoring are often beyond their control. Certain factors increase the chances of being a snorer:-

  • Physiology - We cannot help the way we are built and some of us are more likely to snore for this reason.
  • Sex - Men tend on average to have more tissue around the neck and are therefore more prone to snoring.
  • Excess body weight - If you are overweight then there tends to be more pressure on your throat when you sleep.
  • 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 due to the extra relaxation caused in the neck and throat

What effects does it have?
Broken Sleep
Snoring leads to broken sleep for the partner and the person who snores. Sleep science is increasing in importance and studies have shown that the lack of sleep caused by snoring has some of the wide reaching effects listed .

  • daytime sleepiness
  • poor motivation
  • higher stress levels
  • lack of energy
  • driving while tired
  • less effectiveness as work

In addition snoring can be a symptom of a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, OSA occurs in patients where the snoring is so severe that the airway closes completely. This prevents the patient from breathing, which causes an adrenalin rush triggered by the brain that in turn wakes the patient. This can happen a number of times during the night, even though the patient is often unaware.

Increased Blood Pressure.
The shortage of oxygen, the adrenalin rush and the awaking process (explained previously) causes a shock to the system of a patient suffering from snoring and OSA, which in turn increases the blood pressure. In addition the broken sleep cycle of a snorer's partner may lead to health issues for non-snorers both in the same room or house!

Headaches
Snorers and their partners can suffer from headaches during the night and in the morning due to snoring and OSA.

Sex Drive
It is well understood that the sex drive of both the snorer and their partner may be reduced by broken sleep, snoring and OSA.

Increased Risk of Diabetes
Links have been found between snoring and OSA and a greater chance of being diabetic.

Relationship Issues
Snoring affects the partner, the family and the snorer hence everybody concerned is a 'sufferer'. Many snorers sleep in a different room to their partner. Snoring causes arguments and is said to be the third most common reason for couples separating.

What are the choices?

  • Invasive surgical procedures vary in effectiveness and are not the preferred choice for most patients.
  • Facial masks are effective in maintaining a clear airway by using positive air pressure, however this treatment tends to be accepted by sufferers of sever OSA only.
  • Low cost, uncomfortable Boil & Bite mouthguards, sprays and other gadgets often do not work, especially in the long term. In addition, there is very little clinical evidence to support their use.
  • Mandibular Advancement Splints - there are a number of different devices which give a variable performance, one of the most clinically effective is the SLEEPWELL.

HEADACHES

Night Splints 0 NTI-tss


In conjunction with our colleagues at Solutions 4 Snoring we are now able to supply small plastic splints as a treatment for bruxism and alleviation of headaches and migraines. Bruxism is the term used to mean clenching and / or grinding of the teeth during sleep. Those patients with expensive restorations should also consider wearing a NTI splint as a means of protecting the crowns, bridges or veneers in the mouth. A further consequence of bruxismis is muscle tension and headaches and shoulder pain.  These NTI splints do not involve the whole jaw but are fitted to the incisor teeth only,thereby making them quite comfortable to wear and tolerate