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Do you or your partner snore? Is it causing sleep loss?
We can help you overcome your snoring issues with simple treatment with the Sleepwell appliance costing only £750.
Call us on 0141 611 8382 at our Glasgow clinic and we can discuss how we can help you.
Why do people snore?
Everyone snores for different reasons. When you get to the bottom of why you snore, then you can find the right solutions to a quieter, deeper sleep.
People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue, or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate. The position of your tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing. Evaluating how and when you snore will help you pinpoint whether the cause of your snoring is within your control or not. The good news is that no matter how and when you snore, there are solutions to making your snoring better.
Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and mouth during sleep. It’s caused by a narrowing of your airway, either from poor sleep posture or abnormalities of the soft tissues in your throat. A narrow airway gets in the way of smooth breathing and creates the sound of snoring.
Is snoring really a problem?
If your partner snores then you will know the answer to this questions is a definite YES.
Research by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association has shown that 80% of couples affected by snoring sleep in separate rooms. The psychological effects of snoring and resulting tension in relationships can put strain on partner relationships.
In addition the partner of a persistent snorer may not be able to experience a restful night’s sleep resulting in them suffering some of the effects of sleep deprivation.
Don’t let snoring damage your relationship
Is snoring causing a rift in your relationship? No matter how much you love each other, lack of sleep or poor quality sleep from frequent snoring can strain a relationship as well as put your partner’s health at risk.
When snoring is a problem, relationship tension can grow in the following ways:
- Sleeping alone – If you or your partner snores, you might decide to sleep alone. That only makes for a lack of physical intimacy and a strained relationship. And if you’re the one snoring, you might feel lonely, isolated, and frustrated about something you feel you have no control over.
- Snoring spats – It’s common to be irritable when lack of sleep is an issue. But try reining in your frustration. Remember, you want to attack the snoring problem—not your sleep partner.
- Partner resentment – When a non-snorer feels they do everything possible to sleep through the night (ear-plugs, noise-machines, etc.) but their partner does nothing to combat their own snoring, it can lead to resentment. Working as a team to find a snoring cure can prevent future fights.
If you value your relationship, make it your priority to find a snoring cure so you can both sleep soundly. Working together to stop snoring can even be an opportunity to improve the quality of your bond and become more deeply connected.
Treatment with the Sleepwell
An assessment with ourselves will help determine the extent of your snoring by having yourself and your partner fill out a form. From here we can decide if you would benefit from this revolutionary solution.
The Sleepwell is a cost effective and long term solution to help quit snoring.
The Sleepwell prevents the lower jaw from dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways during sleep – an effective stop snoring remedy. Sleepwell is a custom made mouth piece produced within our laboratory to fit your teeth. Sleepwell has some unique features including a soft inner lining, allows side to side movement of the lower jaw and most importantly allows the patient to adjust it to maximize effectiveness. High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found Sleepwell an acceptable snoring remedy.
It is the most clinically successful and advanced two-piece mouth piece to help stop snoring.
The Sleepwell addresses a number of important key features including maximum comfort, retention and full patient adjustability. It is produced by specially trained and dedicated technicians.
Key benefits of the Sleepwell:
- Customised to your mouth for maximum comfort
- Highly Successful – a reported 95% success in reducing snoring
- Self-adjustable permitting longer life and total flexibility
- Robust but slim line
- Side to side movement whilst being worn
- Prevents tooth damage from clenching / grinding
- Modification can be made to allow for dental treatment
What materials are used to make the Sleepwell?
Sleepwell is a laboratory manufactured mouth piece using an innovative material and is customized to the patients teeth with a special soft inner lining for maximum comfort and retention. It also incorporates a specially designed component which simultaneously ensures that the lower jaw is held in a forward position whilst allowing side to side movement during sleep.
The Sleepwell works by holding the bottom jaw in a slightly forward position. This action is similar to doing a chin lift in ‘First Aid’, by holding the bottom jaw forward by just a few millimetres allows the tongue to move forward and opens the airway significantly. By allowing the passage of air more freely reduces snoring.
How long does the Sleepwell last?
Sleepwell should last around 3 years and in this context it is not too dissimilar to the replacement of spectacles. We offer a 1-year manufacturing guarantee.
Sleepwell has been designed to overcome the problems leading to breakages with alternative splint designs. Due to it’s customised nature it would only need to be remade if patients underwent extensive dental treatment, however the cost of replacement would be minimised because of its two-piece design.
Frequently asked questions
Is Sleepwell comfortable to wear at night?
Yes. Sleepwell is laboratory-manufactured, custom made to your mouth and made with a soft inner lining specifically adapted to your teeth. It allows full adjustability and side to side movement during sleep. High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found the device acceptable.
Can I get Sleepwell on the NHS?
No. There is no provision within the NHS for this form of treatment due to limited resources.
Will my teeth accept Sleepwell?
It is important to visit a trained healthcare professional for a full examination of your teeth. Most people are highly suitable however confirmation can only be obtained from a healthcare professional.
Can Sleepwell be given to all people who snore?
For most people with simple snoring Sleepwell will be ideal. S4S has trained clinicians to assess patients who snore. During the consultation a snoring clinic will assess the risk of Sleep Apnoea for which further investigations and alternative therapy may be suggested.
Is Sleepwell suitable for patients who wear dentures?
Most people are suitable for Sleepwell due to it’s customised design, provided there are sufficient teeth in each jaw. A snoring clinic would assess and advise accordingly. S4S has successfully treated patients with implant-retained Sleepwell for denture wearers with no natural teeth.
If I lose my Sleepwell can I get another?
The unique nature of this appliance necessitates precise recordings of the teeth and therefore requires a complete replacement. However if only one of the two pieces are lost, each can be independently made at an appropriate cost but minimal patient inconvenience.
Is Sleepwell a permanent cure?
There is currently no permanent cure for snoring, only ongoing treatment. The particular benefit of Sleepwell is that it is adjustable, which in turn offers greater longevity of treatment.
Can I close my mouth?
Yes. However the majority of people sleep with their mouths slightly apart even without using Sleepwell.
What about my dental restorations?
We can normally accommodate extra space around sensitive dental restorations and the healthcare professional should discuss this with you.
How long will it take to get used to Sleepwell and are there any side effects?
It may take 30 minutes longer to get to sleep on the first few nights as it does when one changes from sleeping with one rather than two pillows. For the first couple of nights some patients have higher salivation or drier mouths. It should take no longer than 2 days to get used to wearing Sleepwell.