Has snoring affecting your sleep? Your life? Your relationship?
Did you know snoring can be treated by dentists?
At Haynes dental we are able to conduct a ‘sleep screen’ to find out what causes your snoring and whether or not it would be treatable with a mandibular device.
You come in first for a consultation with either Dr Luke Lucas or Dr Emily Parikh (both members of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine) and depending on your symptoms they will send you back home with a device that will measure your breathing and sleep patterns overnight. Once your data has been examined by the dentist we may be able to fit a device that will help clear your airway and prevent the snoring.
Just call reception on 020 8674 1838 to make an appointment to come and see us.
Please read the testimonial below for further information or visit the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine website at www.dentalsleepmed.org
‘My husband John’s snoring was really getting me down. It had got worse and worse over the last couple of years and I would lie awake every night feeling really frustrated and angry. Of course John didn’t feel so great either and he often felt tired during the day especially when he was driving; which was a worry as part of his job involved traveling up and down the motorway. It got to the point where virtually every night I would have to get up and find somewhere else to sleep – the spare bedroom – or the sofa, if the kids were staying!
Sound familiar? John wasn’t that worried about it until I told him that I would move into the spare bedroom permanently unless he sorted it out. We tried all the usual remedies but nothing really worked – then I found out that a local dental practice was specialising in snoring solutions so I contacted them. What a relief to find someone who actually said they could help solve his snoring once and for all!
The dentist explained that snoring is caused by a partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway and in fact it can be quite serious as it can stop you breathing altogether – this is called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Apparently 2 – 4% of the adult population has OSA and if it is severe it means you are 3.3 times more likely to suffer sudden death or stroke and 2.9% more likely to develop heart problems. Also, sufferers of OSA are up to 15 times more likely to have a traffic accident.
When I told John that, he was more interested in getting his snoring looked at. The dentist brought John in for a review and they sent him home with a sleep monitor that night. The ApneaLink™ monitor recorded and evaluated John’s breathing patterns that night. The results next day were astounding – John actually stopped breathing 12 times during the night but apparently his is only a mild case! The dentist was very re-assuring though, he said that he could make an appliance (an MRD) for John to wear that would keep his lower jaw in a forward position all night and that would almost completely eradicate the sleep apnoea and snoring. What a relief!
Anyway, that was six months ago and I can’t believe how much better I feel during the day now I can sleep straight through – and John says the same. We both have so much more energy and all that tiredness I had put down to getting older has just disappeared. I feel like a new woman! Needless to say I have also moved back into the bedroom!
So if you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of snoring then please do sort it out – it could stop them having all sorts of health problems and you will be amazed at the difference it can make! ‘ Mrs M. East Dulwich
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