Did you know? 41.5% of the UK adult population snore. There are approximately 15 million snorers in the UK. Snoring affects 30 million people in the UK. Figures from a recent survey from the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association found men are louder snorers than women.
Snoring is commonly a dismissed problem but it should be taken seriously and looked at professionally, as with any other ailment, as soon as you’re aware of it. Snoring can impact your sleep and daily life. It can potentially lead to stress and tiredness, and the longer snoring is an issue, the greater effect it will have on your overall health.
It is important to visit us at Dental Beauty Dulwich to discuss available treatments as soon as you are aware of the problem. If you do snore or your partner does please be aware this can sometimes be an indicator of other health conditions and if left untreated, can contribute to further conditions such as stress, cardiovascular disease, depression and irregular heart rhythms.
While you’re asleep your air passages relax and narrow, which changes the air pressure and causes the soft tissue in your neck and head to vibrate. Your lower jaw and tongue can also fall back during sleep and restrict your airways. When your airways are restricted, your lungs begin to draw air in at a higher velocity to compensate. Increasing airflow in this way, to feed the body the amount of oxygen it requires, thus causing a vibration that we hear as snoring.
A more severe cause of snoring is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a common condition which obstructs the airways and can leave you without breath for more than 10 seconds. Loud and prolonged snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnoea, and those suffering from it may also find themselves with laboured breathing. When your body is without oxygen, or a diminished amount, your brain receives a trigger to pull you from deep sleep and begin to breathe normally.
Untreated sleep apnoea can put a strain on your heart, as it often results in higher blood pressure, and may lead to irregular heart rhythms.
Many snorers typically look to their doctor for help when it comes to snoring but their dentist arguably has a larger part to play at the beginning.
As snoring is typically caused by the lower jaw dropping back during sleep, the easiest way to stop it is to prevent the jaw from doing this. By using a device called a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) this can help the problem. Available from our dentist, there are a number of devices available, one of which is the Sleepwell.
The Sleepwell is a two-piece device that is fully-adjustable by the wearer, and designed to hold your lower jaw forward.
Holistically, however, there may be other behaviours that could assist with the problem, such as:
If you or your partner suffer from sleep apnoea or snoring, contact us at Dental Beauty Dulwich to discuss available treatment. Make an appointment today with your London dentist.
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