There are many causes of snoring, and all of us will snore at some point in life. If you or your partner’s snoring accompanies a cold or a seasonal allergy such as hayfever, it’s nothing to worry about as it is a regular side-effect of these conditions, which can cause a narrowing of the airways.
However, regular snoring may have a different underlying cause, and while many people laugh at the condition, it can cause serious problems, including sleep disturbance for both the snorer and anyone who shares a bed with them.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a relatively common condition in which the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse, temporarily blocking the airway. You are likely to snore loudly with laboured breathing, and to suffer severely disturbed sleep as your brain wakes you up to breathe again.
At The Mall Stockport we know that your dentist may not be the first person you think of to cure your snoring problem. However, advances in dental technology have included the development of special oral devices and mouthpieces that can address snoring and sleep apnoea problems.
If you visit The Mall Stockport practice with a snoring problem, your dentist will attempt to establish the cause and, if mouthpieces are right for you, will take impressions of your teeth to create a bespoke mouthpiece.
These devices work by preventing your lower jaw from dropping back during sleep, thus stopping your airway from closing and preventing snoring.