Loudly. All night long. Every night. Often we don’t get the chance to discover this gem of a condition until we are in a relationship and, well, it seems pretty trivial to break-up with someone because they can’t stop snoring. However having a partner that snores can negatively impact the quality and quantity of sleep that you experience, and over an extended period broken sleep patterns have been medically linked to increased irritability, inability to concentrate and depression. To make it more frustrating your snoring partner appears to be getting a good night’s sleep oblivious to the fact that they sound like a freight train parked next to your head!
The truth is, neither of you are getting a good night’s sleep and this can impact on the health of your relationship and your physical and mental well being in the long term.
The great news is that there is a simple and cost-effective dental solution available that can stop snoring. Really. You can change your snoring partner ZZZZZZ into a sleeping mouse zzzzzz. Unlike traditional medical solutions, customised Dental Sleep Appliances, or snoring devices, do not rely on weight loss or require surgery. Dental Sleep Appliances are regarded by Sleep Physicians as the best available treatment to prevent snoring.
What do Dental Sleep Appliances look like?
Dental Sleep Appliances, often referred to as snoring mouthpieces, are similar to mouth guards in appearance and are made from a thin, high strength acrylic that is worn on top of the teeth during sleep. Based on 15 years of published scientific studies, Dental Sleep Appliances are now accepted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the peak body in the field, as a key treatment for snoring, as well as mild to moderate sleep apnoea.
How does a Dental Sleep Appliance stop snoring?
The snoring mouth guard is worn over your teeth while you sleep and works by holding the lower jaw forward, which lifts the tongue off the back of the throat and opens up the airway.
Are Snoring Mouth Guards comfortable?
They feel pretty much like any other type of mouth guard and as with anything you wear in your mouth they do take a bit of getting used to. Importantly they are not uncomfortable. If you’ve ever worn a plate (post-braces) or worn a mouth guard for whitening your teeth, it takes a similar amount of time to get used to – one to two nights!
The best course of action for someone who snores is to see their dentist or doctor for a referral to a sleep clinic. A Sleep Physician will conduct a sleep study to diagnose the level of potential sleep apnoea. Following this they may suggest a Dental Sleep Appliance, or a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine to treat the snoring and/or sleep apnoea depending on the severity of the problem.
- Sleep apnoea is a serious health condition where the individual stops breathing during their sleep. This places a significant stress on the brain and cardiac muscles that are starved for oxygen. A Dental Sleep Appliance is most useful in cases of snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnoea.
- Unlike a Dental Sleep Appliance, a CPAP machine is worn over the face. It is essentially a mask worn over the nose area and connected to an air pump. The CPAP mask and the noise from the machine can be uncomfortable and initially disrupt your sleep further as you must sleep on your back. However the benefits of a continuous air supply for sufferers of severe sleep apnoea outweigh these features.
In cases of sleep apnoea, the effectiveness of a Dental Sleep Appliance should be tested with a follow-up visit to the sleep clinic to monitor whether you are still at risk of continued sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea can occur despite the Dental Sleep Appliance stopping the snoring noise.
In many cases a Dental Sleep Appliance is a very simple way fix a life long condition and greatly improve how you feel physically and mentally. It is amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for you and you partner.