Anti Snoring Devices

Up to 40% of the population snore, so you aren’t alone

Snoring can affect you and your partner’s ability to have a good night’s sleep, which has a knock on effect on how you both feel and perform the next day. Snorers can often be made to feel guilty, being banished to a different bedroom, but did you know that your dentist is ideally placed to help?

What causes snoring?

Snoring occurs when the muscles in the airway of the neck relax and the soft tissues at the back of your throat vibrate causing a sound, usually as air is taken in. It can occur during any stage of sleep.

Certain factors increase the chances of being a snorer:

Physiology – the shape of the airway makes snoring more likely in some people.

Old age – weaker throat muscles increase snoring.

Being overweight – excess body fat increases the chances of snoring. A large neck size is an indication of whether someone will snore.

Lifestyle – snoring is more common after drinking or taking sleeping tablets, as they cause extra relaxation in the neck.

What can be done?

At the initial consultation, one of our dentists will determine the severity of your problem by taking a snoring history from you. Light or primary snoring will not impact on your health, but abnormal snoring may indicate underlying health issues which require management. We may need to refer you on to your GP for further investigation, in order to treat the underlying cause and potentially reduce overall health risks.

Although we cannot change your age or physiology, we can educate you about lifestyle changes that you can make which will help. For snoring to decrease or an anti-snoring device to be effective, Body Mass Index (BMI) needs to be under 30 and your neck size under 43 cm

At Cwmbran Dental Care we are pleased to be able to offer you a Schottlander ‘Silensor’ custom-fitted anti-snoring device.

What is the process?

Impressions are taken of the mouth, which are sent to our laboratory for the device to be constructed. The device consists of one splint for the upper jaw and one splint for the lower jaw. The lower jaw is held in a predetermined or advanced position, by two connectors that are fixed onto the splint. At the following visit the device is fitted and adjusted for comfort. By preventing the lower jaw from falling back the Silensor device, reduces the constriction of the airways and snoring by over 80%.

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