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Snoring Appliances

A Solution to Peaceful Nights

Snoring can be a disruptive and frustrating issue for both the snorer and their partner. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a solution: snoring appliances. These small yet effective devices have the power to transform restless nights into peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Let’s uncover how they work, who can benefit from them, and why Tonbridge Gentle Dental is your go-to destination for these life-changing solutions.

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Causes of Snoring

Snoring is a common sleep-related issue with various underlying causes. Understanding these causes can shed light on why snoring occurs and how it can be addressed. The primary factors contributing to snoring include:

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1

Relaxed Throat Muscles

During sleep, the muscles in the throat and tongue relax. In some cases, these muscles become too relaxed, causing them to collapse and partially block the airway, leading to snoring.
2

Obstructed Nasal Airways

Conditions like allergies, sinus infections, or structural issues can lead to nasal congestion and obstruction. When the nasal passages are blocked, airflow through the mouth increases, resulting in snoring.
3

Obesity

Excess body weight, especially around the neck and throat, can put pressure on the airway. This can cause it to narrow, making snoring more likely.
4

Sleep Position

Sleeping on your back can cause the tongue and soft palate to collapse to the back of the throat, obstructing the airway. Changing sleep positions can sometimes reduce snoring.
5

Alcohol and Sedatives

The consumption of alcohol and sedative medications relaxes the muscles in the throat, increasing the likelihood of snoring.
6

Smoking

Smoking irritates and inflames the throat’s tissues and can lead to snoring.
7

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA is a severe sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can result in loud snoring as well as other health issues.
8

Age

As people age, throat muscles naturally lose some of their tone, increasing the risk of snoring.
9

Anatomy

Some individuals may have a narrow throat or enlarged tonsils or adenoids, making them more prone to snoring.

What are Snoring Appliances?

Snoring appliances, also known as anti-snoring devices, are designed to reduce or eliminate snoring by improving airflow in the throat or nasal passages. They vary in design, comfort, and effectiveness, so it’s essential to consult with us to find the most suitable option for your specific snoring causes and preferences.

There are several types of snoring appliances available, each with its unique mechanism of action:

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)

MADs are perhaps the most common snoring appliances. They resemble mouthguards and are worn over the teeth. MADs work by repositioning the lower jaw slightly forward, which helps to open the airway and prevent the collapse of throat tissues that causes snoring.

Tongue Stabilising Devices (TSDs)

TSDs are designed to hold the tongue in a forward position during sleep. By keeping the tongue from falling backward and obstructing the throat, TSDs can reduce snoring.

Nasal Dilators

These are small devices that are inserted into the nostrils to help keep them open. By preventing nasal collapse and congestion, nasal dilators improve airflow through the nasal passages, reducing mouth breathing and snoring.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines

While not strictly appliances, CPAP machines are highly effective in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. They deliver a continuous stream of air pressure through a mask to keep the airway open.

Positional Therapy Devices

Some snoring appliances are designed to encourage sleeping in a specific position, often on one’s side, which can help prevent snoring that occurs when sleeping on the back.

Anti-Snoring Pillows

These specially designed pillows offer neck support and encourage a side-sleeping position to reduce snoring.

Why Choose Tonbridge Gentle Dental for Composite Bonding?

  • Experienced Dental Professionals: Benefit from the expertise of our skilled team, experienced in addressing snoring issues.
  • Customised Solutions: Receive personalised evaluations and tailored appliance options to suit your needs.
  • Comprehensive Care: Our holistic approach considers your overall oral health while addressing snoring concerns.
  • Patient-Centred Approach: Experience a stress-free journey with our friendly staff prioritising your comfort and satisfaction.
  • Proven Results: Trust our track record of helping patients achieve improved sleep quality and overcome snoring problems.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, certain snoring appliances can also treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea by keeping the airway open during sleep.
Snoring appliances are designed for comfort and custom-fitted to your mouth. Most users find them comfortable and quickly adapt to wearing them during sleep.
Many users experience improved sleep quality and reduced snoring on the first night of use, but individual results may vary.
Some snoring appliances can double as nightguards for teeth grinding. Discuss your needs with our dentist.
Yes, they are relatively easy to clean with mild soap and water. Regular maintenance helps prolong their lifespan.
The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fit appliance. The process is painless and quick.