Here at The Courtyard Clinic we have been treating snoring for over 12 years successfully. Snoring isn’t just an unfortunate habit, but it is also detrimental to health and wellbeing. We recognise this and the importance of treating it swiftly and effectively.
Effective sleep keeps your immune system strong, lowers stress and keeps you motivated with higher energy. A poor quality of sleep due to snoring can affect your relationships as well as your own happiness.
Other health conditions related to snoring:
- Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
- Memory loss
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Stress and depression
- Increased risk of trauma (Road Traffic Accidents for example)
- Other medical conditions
What is Obstructive Sleep apnoea?
Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) which is a prevalent condition with significant comorbidities associated with it. During sleep, the walls of your upper airway narrow and disrupt your normal breathing pattern. This can lead to brain microarousals and lack of oxygenation in the body systems. Not all snorers have OSA, but all apnoeics are snorers. If your snoring highlights any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication that you should seek further evaluation from a professional medical professional:
- Witnessed breathing pauses during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Morning headaches
- Sore throat or dry mouth upon awakening
- Restless sleep
- Gasping or choking at night
- Chest pain at night
- Your snoring is so loud it’s disrupting your partner’s sleep
Why treat snoring with your dentist?
DIY devices are inexpensive and readily available over the counter and online. However, they have been proven to be ineffective. Devices need to be custom made and adjusted to the individual over time. A bespoke, professional Mandibular Advancement Splint is much more likely to be successful.
Recently published studies show there is a direct relationship between teeth grinding (bruxism) and sleep apnoea, so dentists have become the first port of call for detection, diagnosis and treatment.
What are the steps to getting an anti-snoring device at The Courtyard Clinic?
After welcoming you into the clinic we will take the following steps:
What device do we usually use?
Dr. Claire Holly Wilkinson is an experienced SomnoMed anti-snoring device provider.
The SomnoMed oral sleep device provides Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT) by moving the lower jaw slightly forward.
SomnoDent AVANT is the first SomnoMed oral appliance that is both digitally designed and manufactured.
The efficacy of the SomnoDent AVANT is enhanced by the unique strap mechanism that ensures the lower mandible is extended and the mouth is closed.
The SomnoDent Fusion is the global leader in COAT™ (Continuous Open Airway Therapy). The fusion of wing calibration and screw calibration technology comes together in one device, with the SomnoDent Fusion!