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Snoring and sleep apnoea can affect you and your partner's good night sleep, but did you know that your dentist could be ideally placed to help?

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can affect you and your partner's good night sleep, but did you know that your dentist could be ideally placed to help?

We have been trained in providing custom made Sleepwell anti-snoring devices that can greatly reduce snoring and adverse health effects of sleep apnoea, such as raised blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and diabetes. Contact reception at Abbey Dental Clinic for more information on how we could help you get a full night's sleep again!


ABOUT SNORING

What Are The Causes of Snoring?

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:-

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Physiology – The shape of the airway in some people makes snoring more likely.
  • Being Overweight – Excess body fat increases the chances of snoring.
  • Age - As we age weaker throat muscles increase snoring.
  • Lifestyle - Some people snore after drinking alcohol or taking sleeping tablets due to the extra relaxation caused in the neck and throat.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a serious medical condition that is more widespread than initially thought. In the UK Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs on a similar frequency as Type 1 Diabetes and double that of severe Asthma.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea OSA is when a person stops breathing while asleep, which can be up to 50 to 60 times per hour. These breathing interruptions, known as “Sleep Apnoea” occur when the airway narrows so much that it closes. If we compare Obstructive Sleep Apnoea to simple snoring, simple snoring is the vibration of the soft tissue in the throat caused by a partial closure of the airway, whereas OSA is caused by the complete closure of the airway.

The closure of the airway causes breathing to stop, which in turn reduces the oxygen level in the blood. The brain reacts by releasing adrenalin, which causes a partial wakening of the snorer. The snorer will often not be aware of this partial wakening during the night. Many sufferers have excessive daytime sleepiness, which is bad enough in itself but often they are unable to concentrate, experience marital disharmony and they fall asleep at times when they don’t want to be asleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can be described as severe, moderate and mild, with the symptoms and consequences varying in seriousness. The severity of OSA is measured by the number of times the patients stops breathing and the duration of each occurrence. For further information or to book an appointment call 028 9085 4014.

What Causes OSA?

Both men and women of all ages may suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. The related symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness affects an estimated 4% of men and 2% of women in the country.

During sleep muscles in the neck relax and cause a partial closure of the airway which in turn causes the soft tissue to vibrate creating the sound of SNORING.

In Snorers with OSA the relaxation continues to the point where the airway becomes blocked which in turn dramatically reduces or stops the flow of air into the lungs. There are a known number of underlying genetic factors which cause OSA.

A number of lifestyle issues have also been identified which exacerbate the condition such as weight gain, sleeping tablets, smoking and alcohol consumption, especially in the evening.

The majority of these lead to a loss of upper airway muscle tone and can increase the severity of the condition leading to increased frequency and duration of breathing pauses.


Effects of OSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) sufferers exhibit symptoms of impairment affecting life at home, school or work. Daytime sleepiness has been linked to accidents while driving, industrial accidents, mood and personality changes.

Broken Sleep OSA 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 wide reaching effects such as:-

  • daytime sleepiness
  • lack of energy
  • poor motivation
  • higher stress levels due to fatigue
  • less effectiveness at work effecting remuneration and career progression

At Abbey Dental Clinic, we can screen you for your risk of sleep apnoea and can then either recommend a Sleepwell device or refer you to your GP as appropriate. For further information or to book an appointment call 028 9085 4014.


SLEEPWELL ANTI-SNORING DEVICE

Sleepwell is the most cost effective and long term snoring treatment on the market to help quit 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 is a custom-made mouth piece produced within our laboratory to fit your teeth. 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.

Sleepwell addresses a number of important key features including maximum comfort, retention and full patient adjustability. It is produced by specially trained and dedicated technicians.

If you snore or are affected by snoring you are not alone, it is estimated that around 40% of the adult population are snorers. Until recently options for snorers were very limited, most would visit their GP who would probably suggest various behaviour modifications such as to avoid sleeping on your back, lose weight, stop smoking and stop drinking.

The good news is that we can offer a much more practical solution to the problem. Conall is trained to provide Sleepwell, the most clinically effective dental type device for snoring. Sleepwell is a cost effective and long term snoring remedy. The device which is worn just for sleep, holds the lower jaw in its normal position (or advanced if necessary) thereby preventing the narrowing of your airways and reducing 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

What materials are used to make Sleepwell?

Sleepwell is a laboratory manufactured mouth piece using an innovative material and is customized to the patients teeth with a special soft inner lining for maximum comfort and retention. It also incorporates a specially designed component which simultaneously ensures that the lower jaw is held in a forward position whilst allowing side to side movement during sleep.

Sleepwell - The most Clinically Effective Mandibular Advancement Splint

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 allows the tongue to move forward and opens the airway significantly. By allowing the passage of air more freely reduces snoring.

Is Sleepwell comfortable to wear at night?

Yes. Sleepwell is laboratory-manufactured, custom made to your mouth and made with a soft inner lining specifically adapted to your teeth. It allows full adjustability and side to side movement during sleep. High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found the device acceptable.


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