In the first instance, we’ll always go through the list of conditions that make you more likely to snore and see if there are any changes you can make to your lifestyle to help stop snoring. But if the problem persists, there are two general interventions we can do to help you break the habit. We partner with S4S Dental to provide clinically proven treatments to aid snoring and sleep apnea. The first is through a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD device). This product holds the tongue and lower jaw forward, creating more breathing space and preventing snoring. Secondly, if necessary, we can arrange for you to have a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This is mainly for if you suffer from sleep apnoea, as it will deliver constant and steady air pressure while you sleep. If you or your bed partner is struggling with snoring, we’d be happy to help ensure you can get back to enjoying an uninterrupted full night’s sleep. Get in touch to book an appointment.
There’s nothing more frustrating than after a long day, being woken in the night by your partner’s snoring, stopping you from getting back to sleep.
Snoring is caused by your tongue, mouth, throat or airways in your nose vibrating as you breathe because these body parts relax and narrow when you’re sleeping.
You’re more likely to snore if you are:
So, if you’re struggling with snoring (or being told to stop), your first steps are to see if you match any of the criteria above and make lifestyle changes. If you’re overweight, try to lose weight and monitor if the problem persists. If you sleep on your side, you can attach a tennis ball to the back of your pyjamas to prevent you from rolling onto your back whilst asleep or buy a special pillow or wedge to help keep you on your side.
We’d also recommend stopping smoking, drinking too much alcohol and taking sleeping pills (as these can sometimes lead to snoring).
Moreover, did you know that all the above can lead to gum disease? Which can ultimately lead to tooth loss, so there’s more than one reason to make a change.