Anti-Snoring Solutions At Castle Park Dental Care In Cottingham
Are You Fed Up Of Sleeping In The Spare Room?
Not To Worry, We Can Help!
Snoring is really quite common. It can be mild or severe. In very severe cases it becomes sleep apnoea when you actually stop breathing for several seconds at a time before a big gasp and this happens several times an hour. This can put a big strain on your heart.
Lack Of Sleep
One of the big drawbacks of snoring is lack of sleep. This can be for the snorer, but not always. Sometimes the snorer is blissfully unaware and sleeps well.
The vibration or noise can interrupt sleep, sometimes you are not aware of it and it is more of an arousal from sleep rather than waking up but it still interrupts the normal cycle of sleep stages and still leaves you really tired in the morning.
Obviously if the snoring is loud enough then it interrupts the sleep of a sleep partner and this is when the bed in the spare room comes in!
The cause is airway collapse and vibration. The main cause is the vibration of the tongue collapsed back against the soft palate.
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Solution Number 1 – Sleepwell Device
The aim is to stop the collapse. One way is to posture the lower jaw forwards which in turn brings the tongue forwards and opens up the airway using a mandibular advancement device. The one we use now is the Sleepwell device.
Sleepwell is fully patient adjustable – a simple adjustment can modify the degree of mandibular advancement, negating the need for further visits.
Sleepwell is also uniquely designed with internal splint fixing, allowing the lips to be closed around the device, preventing dry lips and excess salivation associated with other splints.
High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found the device acceptable.
Solution Number 2 – Using A Gentle Laser
Another way is Non-surgical laser therapy. Dentist, Ilay and Chris are trained in this using the Nightlase™ laser. The great thing with this is no numbing, no down time, no surgery and it starts to work from the first session and the airway is improved 24hrs a day and not just when a device is worn. It’s all clever stuff.
With the Dual wavelength Nightlase™ treatment the low laser energy creates a gentle heating of the tissue of the soft palate. There is no need for local anaesthetic or a recovery period. The gentle heating is about 50-65 degrees. This equates to a cup of tea hot, so can feel a bit scratchy. The heat causes tissue changes with shrinkage from day one usually.
You need a full assessment first as usual. One assessment is called a Mallampati score. The idea is to get you to a low Mallampati score to open up the airway. It is usually 3-5 treatments about 30 minutes each 21 days apart.
The Next Step
Don’t let snoring ruin your life or your partners. Call Castle Park today or pop your details in to the form below to find out how we can help you and your partner to get a good night sleep!