Anti-Snoring Devices

If your partner is a heavy snorer you will know what a misery it can be. Snoring can affect the health of the snorer too. In some cases, it is connected with sleep apnoea, in which the sufferer actually stops breathing for a time. The result can be constant daytime drowsiness and extra strain on the heart.

It is sometimes possible to treat snoring with lifestyle changes, but further treatment from the dentist is also available if these don’t help.

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Heavy snoring can cause misery

1. Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes are usually advised by your GP as a first step to treat snoring. These include:

• losing weight if you are overweight

• not drinking alcohol, particularly a few hours before you go to bed

• giving up smoking

• taking regular exercise – this can help strengthen neck muscles, which may help prevent the airways in your neck and mouth from narrowing

2. Help from the dentist

An anti-snoring device can be made from impressions of your teeth. The device is a pair of clear plastic moulds which you wear at bedtime. The top and bottom sections are connected at the sides by short plastic links, which have the effect of pulling your lower jaw forward. This in turn holds the airway open, reducing the constriction that causing the snoring.

The dentist can help with anti-snoring devices.

The dentist can help with anti-snoring devices.