Go MAD • Stop Snoring with a Mandibular Advancement Device

Mandibular Advancement Devices are commonly referred to as stop snoring mouthpieces or mouth guards. As well as being used to restrict or totally stop snoring they are often used to help treat those patients who are suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea or OSA.

In order to understand how these dental mouthpieces work it’s important to first understand a little bit about how they function as well as to realise the relationship between snoring and sleep apnoea disorders.

Snoring and intermittent pauses in breathing are the most common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.  It’s important to note that in the case of Central Sleep Apnoea the sufferer often does not snore and Mandibular Advancement Devices are usually not prescribed.

So as your body relaxes while you sleep, so do the smooth muscles in your airway through which your lungs receive oxygen as you breathe.  Unfortunately, in some individuals these muscles drastically loosen to the point where the airway is blocked.  The airway is a tube shape – a bit like a garden hose.  However, unlike a garden hose that often holds its shape – in OSA suffers this tube “flattens out” due to the lack of muscle tightness.

With the airway collapsed it then becomes difficult for air to pass into the lungs, and the muscles begin to vibrate against one another as their air passes through.  This vibration is a sound that we commonly know as snoring.

For many patients, this therefore begs the question….

What does a mouth guard have to do with the airway in my throat?  

Any individual with a background in medicine or dentistry will tell you that the ear, mouth, nose, and throat are inseparable when it comes to treating disease and disorder.  A medical problem originating in the throat can show it’s effects elsewhere and it often does this.

Mandibular Advancement Devices work by simply moving the lower jaw slightly forward.  This artificial pushing on your jaw causes the muscles in your throat to tighten lessening the obstruction in the airway and this allows more space for the air to pass through to your lungs and dramatically decreases the likelihood that you will snore in your sleep.  As a matter of fact, many individuals who ‘simply snore’ have not been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea choose to purchase these mouth guards ‘off the shelf’ as their primary concern is to stop snoring. They have full confidence in the product as it is fully endorsed by the NHS.

There are many varieties of these devices available and you should really consult your GP who may prescribe you a mouth guard or recommend a manufacturer such as SleepPro who manufacture a full range of products right here in the UK.  These devices range from a simple standard mouthpiece, to Self Fit Adjustable models and the most sophisticated of all that are fully custom-fitted especially for your jaw in their Dental laboratories here in Britain.

Many individuals are completely unaware that snoring is associated with any sort of sleep disorder.  Fortunately, there is now a growing awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and many people searching for methods on how to stop snoring often discover after visiting their GP that their snoring is perhaps only a symptom of a wider problem and not just the disorder itself.

So our advice is to talk to your Doctor and let them check you out.

By John Redfern

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Sleep Apnoea and Snoring: What's the Difference?

Sleep apnoea is a disorder that is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing (apnoeas) or abnormally low breathing during sleep. These apnoeas can occur due to a lack of respiratory effort, due to a physical blockage to airflow, or a combination of both. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is the most common type of apnoea and occurs where there is a physical blockage of airflow.

Individuals with OSA are rarely aware of having difficulty breathing. In fact, the person’s sleeping partner or someone that sleeps in the same room often recognises the problem. Patients suffering from OSA often feel very tired during the day and report daytime sleepiness, which they often become used to. It is not unusual for a patient with sleep apnoea to take naps during the day, fall asleep watching television or sitting in a car, or fall asleep while talking to someone. Sleep apnoea can also affect your work performance, vigilance, motivation and other behavioural or cognitive effects.

Snoring, on the other hand, is caused by the vibration of respiratory structures due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. This is often caused by the uvula (the tissue that hangs down in the back of your throat), an elongated soft palate, a large tongue or obstructions in the nasal area.

Statistics on snoring suggest that as many as 50 per cent of adults snore, while as many as one in 20 of us are affected by sleep apnoea. While someone who snores may also suffer from sleep apnoea, not all patient with sleep apnoea snore. This means that even though you do not snore, it does not mean that you do not have sleep apnoea.

If you suffer from daytime sleepiness and fatigue, and don’t feel refreshed in the morning after a good night’s sleep, you should probably consider getting medical advice. You may be advised to go to a sleep centre, where you will sleep overnight while you are connected to a variety of devices that will monitor your body functions. These include brain activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rhythm and oxygen saturation. An alternative to this is to take a home testing device, which will also monitor certain of your body functions, but in the comfort of your own home and bed.

Treatment options for persons suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea vary a great deal, from quite conservative treatment to invasive surgical treatment. Treatment for snoring includes positive airway pressure devices (CPAP), dental appliances (MAD) and surgeries that are customized to best address your quite individual needs.

There are many treatment options for patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. The first one is called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device (CPAP), which is a machine that keeps the patient’s airway open during sleep by delivering a continuous flow of pressurized air into the throat. Another option is to use Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), where a custom-made mouthpiece shifts the lower jaw forward, thereby opening the airway.

If you suspect that you suffer from snoring or sleep apnoea, the first step to take is to schedule an appointment with your GP or a sleep specialist who will perform a comprehensive examination and perhaps a sleep study. Once your doctor reviews your sleep study, your treatment plan can then be customized to address your condition and specific needs.

The outcome is often simple – a dental mouthpiece can minimise your snoring and safeguard your health – but make sure to take qualified advice. The latest developments of mouthpiece even offer self-fitting adjustable devices (SFA) to improve anti-snoring performance and give much more comfort. Choose wisely.

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By John Redfern

A Chin Strap may help to stop you snoring

Did you know that 85% of snorers sleep with the mouth open and it is this habit that in most cases leads to snoring in the first place? When you sleep with your mouth open you tend to breath through your mouth which can cause your throat to dry out, making it vibrate when air tries to make its way past the dried out tissue. However, there is a simple solution to prevent open mouth snoring and that is to use a chin strap to stop snoring.

Chin straps for snoring are easy to use. You simply put it on as directed and it forces your lower jaw up and therefore keeps your mouth closed during the night. This prevents you from trying to draw too much air in through your mouth and causing the throat tissues to vibrate. It will also help to prevent your throat from drying out.

However, keep in mind that there may be other causes for your snoring including health problems and make sure your visit your doctor before embarking on any solution to prevent your snoring. After your doctor has done a thorough medical check he can advise you on whether or not your snoring is caused by breathing through your mouth.

If you have trouble breathing through your nose then you should have that problem treated first. Some people who have had their noses broken or with other medical problems feel as though they are suffocating if they can’t breathe through their mouths. If you are one of those people then you may simply have congestion or some other medical reason why you are not getting a proper airflow through your nasal passages. Solving that problem may in itself help to solve your snoring problem as well.

Chin straps to stop snoring are very safe to use. In fact, NHS hospitals often use these devices so both the snoring patient and those around them get to sleep and rest better. Of course like any other device such as the Mouthpiece, which is also NHS recommended, these straps are not going to work for 100% of those who are snorers – but between them they can help to solve a very large proportion of them.

Like any other device, some people will need a little time to get used to wearing a chin strap but for others this will not be an issue at all. Most people find that these straps are far very comfortable to wear whereas others prefer to use an anti-snoring devices that fits in the mouth.

Always keep in mind that there are a variety of different reasons why people snore in the first place. A product that works to stop one type of snoring may be completely ineffective for a different person whose snoring is caused by different circumstances. That is why it is so important to know what is causing your snoring so you can deal with it effectively.

While a chin strap to stop snoring won’t be the answer for everyone it can prove to be helpful to a great many people….so check which works for you best. They are easily obtained and quite inexpensive – a small price to pay for a good night’s sleep for you and probably your partner too.

Check out the Sleeppro Chin Strap support and you will find that this is the perfect treatment for open-mouthed snorers and provides an economical, medically proven solution to your problem. It has an adjustable design for easy positioning and extra comfort and can even be combined with a SleepPro mouth guard if you require a really effective solution.

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By John Redfern

Anti Snoring Mouthpieces – Do they Help or are they Hype?

Each night thousands of people go to bed only to wake up in the morning feeling more tired than they did the day before because they suffered from snoring problems that either kept waking them up or they had partners who snore so loud that the sound kept them awake. Eventually this snoring starts to take a toll on both the snorer and their partner. Needing to find some way to stop snoring and get the rest that they need snorers often turn to the anti-snoring mouthpiece in the hopes of putting their snoring and sleepless nights behind them

A mouthpiece is an easily acquired off the shelf item that is recommended by the NHS and many Doctors and Dentists. For real permanent relief that’s instant, convenient and low cost ask your doctor or dentist about these mandibular advancement devices or MAD’s. These mouthpieces or oral devices are positioned in your mouth snugly against your upper teeth and lower teeth. The appliance positions your jaw slightly forward, which can help you stop snoring – permanently.

What exactly Is an Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece?

A snoring mouthpiece is a device normally made of plastic that fits in the mouth keeping it lined up in such a way as to keep the air passage open during sleep. This usually means moving the lower jaw forward and preventing the tongue from falling back into the airway.

Getting such a device from your dentist means getting one that is exactly fitted for you and often adjustments can be made to make the device more comfortable. There are also some self-adjustable devices or custom fit products that you can purchase without visiting your dentist and at a much lower cost.

Aren’t these devices uncomfortable?

While in most cases these devices do take some getting use to – just like sleeping with a retainer does – how comfortable they are will depend a great deal on each individual person and how well the device fits in the mouth and around the gum and teeth area.

The over the counter devices that are made of hard plastic will never be as perfect as you might wish. However, there are other devices that can be moulded by you to fit your mouth perfectly which are far more comfortable and after the initial “getting use to phase” allows for comfortable sleep without any snoring at all. In addition new products now exist that are simply self-adjustable to give greater comfort,

I’ve heard that none of these devices really work. Is that true?

Just like any anti-snoring device the anti-snoring mouthpiece is not going to work for everyone. Even in cases where they do work, some people simply aren’t comfortable with having a device in their mouth and so they never get use to it. In other cases, people choose the wrong fit and find the discomfort intense.

However, there are many people who do find that these devices fit well, are comfortable, and allow them to get the rest they need. For these people these devices are almost a miracle allowing them to get more rest than they have gotten in years.

I can’t afford The Dental Device. What type of Mouthpiece Is best?

If you can’t afford to get one specifically fitted for you by a dentist then the next best thing to get a devise that is made of pliable plastic that you can specifically mould to your own mouth. These devices provide for a better fit and are more likely to provide the most comfort. Check out the SleepPro Custom as a British made example of this solution.

Alternatively, the SleepPro SFA is precisely adjustable in small increments of as little as 1.5mm and this, combined with the latest dual polymer construction, serves to produce a much more comfortable and secure fit for anyone suffering from heavy snoring or sleep apnoea.

Always bear in mind that any of these devices, whether over the counter or made by your dentist, will take a few days to get use to so give them a real chance before deciding that a specific device is not for you.

While not for absolutely everyone, these mouth aids do work for many people – in fact it would seem the majority – and provide an alternative to those sleepless nights for both you and your partner.

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By John Redfern

Snoring & Sleep – Common Myths And Facts

Snoring is a common problem, especially among men, but it isn’t harmful

Although snoring may be harmless for most people, it can be a symptom of a life-threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnoea, especially if it is accompanied by severe daytime sleepiness.

You can “cheat” on the amount of sleep you get

Sleep deprivation is linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behaviour, decreased productivity and safety issues in the home, on the job and on the road.

Teens who fall asleep in class have bad habits and are lazy

Teenagers need more sleep than adults, but their internal biological clocks also keep them awake later at night and make them want to sleep later in the morning. That means many teens come to school too sleepy to learn.

Daytime sleepiness always means a person isn’t getting enough sleep

Excessive daytime sleepiness can occur even after getting enough sleep and can be a sign of a medical condition or sleep disorder. These problems can often be treated, and symptoms should be discussed with a physician.

The older you get, the fewer hours of sleep you need

Sleep experts recommend a range of seven to nine hours of sleep for adults of all ages. However, older people may wake more frequently through the night and may actually get less night-time sleep, so they may need to make a nap part of a daily routine.

Sleep apnoea occurs only in older, overweight, snoring men

Although the stereotypical description does fit people in the extreme end of the spectrum, we now know that even young, thin women that don’t snore can have significant obstructive sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea begins with jaw structure narrowing, and later involves obesity. It’s estimated that 90% of women with this condition are not diagnosed. Untreated, it can cause or aggravate weight gain, depression, anxiety, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

It’s healthy to sleep on your back

For some people, sleeping on your back is ideal, but many people naturally prefer to sleep only on their sides or stomachs. They must sleep in this position for a good reason: their tongues fall back due to gravity, and in deep sleep with added muscle relaxation, and they can stop breathing with frequent arousal. Dermatologists are always telling female patients not to sleep on their stomachs, to prevent facial wrinkles. But actually this will actually worsen wrinkles, since you won’t sleep well at all.

I know I don’t snore, or I know I don’t have apneoa. I feel fine

There’s no way of proving that you don’t snore or that don’t have sleep apnoea (where you stop breathing while sleeping) without undergoing a sleep study. Even bed partners can’t really tell. Most people do stop breathing once in a while. Also, if you don’t snore, you may not be breathing either. There are people who stop breathing 50 to 70 times every hour and feel absolutely normal. But they’re at increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.

If I lose weight, I’ll cure myself of sleep apnoea

Sometimes. It’s definitely worth trying, but in general, it’s very difficult to lose weight if you have sleep apnoea. This is because poor sleep aggravates weight gain as well as to increase your appetite. Once you’re sleeping better, it’ll be easier to lose weight. This is the one ingredient with many dietary and weight loss programmes that’s missing or not stressed at all.

It’s not enough just to tell people to sleep more.

Snoring comes from the nose, so if I unclog my nose, my snoring will stop

Having a stuffy nose can definitely aggravate snoring and sleep apnoea, but in general, it’s not the cause. A recent study showed that undergoing nasal surgery for breathing problems cured sleep apnoea in only 10% of patients. Snoring vibrations typically come from the soft palate, which is aggravated by having a small jaw and the tongue falling back. It’s a complicated relationship between the nose, the soft palate and the tongue where other cures such as a dental mouthpiece will help more.

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By John Redfern

Snoring – Make sure the solution fits the problem

A snoring problem may well be slight and not hazardous to your overall well being but snoring can also be a sign of a more critical health situation like sleep apnea and other persistent conditions.

30 per cent of all those engaged in full time employment reported getting less than six hours of sleep a night in a recent study.

It gets worse. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that 44 per cent of those aged 55 to 84 have one or more bouts of insomnia at least a few nights per week. Insomnia can be chronic, lasting a month or more, or acute, lasting just a few days or weeks. Most insomnia is related to another medical or psychiatric issue.

Whatever the cause, the resulting sleeplessness means people just aren’t resting enough and this is a problem that can endanger their health.

It has been proved countless times in major research studies in the UK and worldwide that severe snoring, if ignored, or untreated sleep apnoea, for example, causes increased blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, depression and mortality.

The answer is to seek medical help and treatment for your snoring problem as soon as possible. Do not neglect it because it rarely goes away and can lead on to serious health problems.

There are numerous easily accessible and inexpensive aids in the marketplace to help cure snoring problems but you must make sure that you take medical advice from your Doctor or Dentist. Although there are many supposed remedies very few are recommended or approved by the NHS in the United Kingdom.

Of course snoring spans all age groups and genders – men, women, babies, teenagers, adults and also the aged.

If you think have tried everything, but still seem to suffer from snoring, don’t give up.

Before turning to surgery, consider shopping for anti-snore devices. These products do not typically require a prescription, are economically priced and may just be the answer that you are looking for. However, as is the case when shopping for anything, there are a lot of anti-snore devices out there and knowing what to look for will make your selection process a lot easier.

So here are a number of useful tips to help you:

Tip 1
Read the packaging, or information, carefully. Is the product recommended or approved medically by an authoritative qualified organisation? If you see that the product is, in fact, NHS recommended, then you know that it is a quality anti-snore device. For example, the range of Dental Mouthpieces that are produced by British companies such as Sleeppro. These are fully recommended. And have been proven to be effective, so you know you are getting value for your money.

Tip 2
Is the product safe? If the label doesn’t feature any product warnings, then look at the features and ask yourself if you think it looks safe for you. There is simply no reason to consider a product with safety warnings. While you are asleep, how much attention can you be paying to the safety of anti-snore devices? A good anti-snore device will protect you while you sleep and not cause additional need for concern.

Tip 3
Take a moment to consider if this is one of the anti-snore devices that appears comfortable. Among the things to consider are its design and materials. For instance, Sleeppro produce a range of alternatives ranging from the standard mouthpiece through to fully custom fitted devices. In addition they are about to market their new product – a very useful new mouthpiece that you can self adjust for comfort. With this product, the snoring sufferer wont have to worry about tossing and turning in discomfort. Comfort is key and is a must-have to avoid further sleep deprivation.

Tip 4
Affordability is also a factor. Take some time to think about the cost of the item and its qualities. The majority of anti-snore devices are affordable, but others can be very costly. Before spending large amounts of money on anything, ask yourself if there is a more affordable product can produce the same results. Some products are fully guaranteed, particularly if made and marketed by British companies, and even offer a 30-day money back satisfaction clause.

Make sure you check them out for value and performance – a good night’s sleep and avoiding dangerous health conditions make it both important and worthwhile.

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By John Redfern