Peaceful, quite and comfortable sleep
Enjoy a refreshing nights sleep and relief from snoring and mild sleep apnoea with a safe and effective dental device. If you or a member of your household suffers from snoring or mild sleep apnoea, please speak with us about our highly successful dental device called the SommoMed Mas … tm
Snoring is caused by the vibrations in the respiratory structures. It occurs during sleep when the area at the back of the throat or in the nose relaxes – narrows. The air movement is then restricted in the air passage, resulting in the sound.
There are many reasons for snoring some of which we can control –
- Being overweight and having excess fatty tissue around the neck.
- Smoking causes inflammation of the airways and irritates the nasal passages.
- Alcohol slows the brains responses causing more relaxation than usual.
- Medication, antihistamines and sleeping pills in particular, have the same effect as alcohol.
Some of which we cannot -
- Allergies which cause swelling of the nasal passages, Asthma, colds and sinus infections.
- Having a narrow throat, enlarged adenoids or a cleft palate all contribute to snoring.
- Ageing, middle aged men in general men have a wider neck and more soft tissue which causes vibration.
The most serious type of snoring can stop the breathing, this is called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
Sleep apnoea is a serious breathing disorder in which there is a repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep with consequent cessation of breathing for periods at a time. The person with sleep apnoea may have hundreds of these breathless episodes throughout the night disrupting their sleep and starving the body of vital oxygen.
Once Sleep Apnoea is suspected, it is highly recommended you have a sleep study to diagnose if obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is present, its severity and to ensure it is treated appropriately
If Sleep Apnoea is confirmed, we can fabricate a dental device that is custom made for you, It works by holding your lower jaw and tongue forward therefore keeping your airway open whilst you sleep. It works by positioning your bottom jaw slightly forward of its usual position, which prevents the walls of your airway from vibrating against each other.
Sufferers of OSA are at a significantly higher risk of serious general medical problems like high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, stroke, obesity and a reduced lifespan. So it is important that it is managed effectively and a CPAP apparatus might be recommended instead.
- chronic loud snoring
- cessation of breathing or chocking spells in the night
- drymouth and sore throat in the morning
- lack of concentration/forgetfulness
- frequent visits to the bathroom during the night
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- mood swings, depression, irritability
- low sex drive
- morning headaches
- learning difficulties