What is snoring?
Snoring is the noise caused by the vibration of the soft tissue in your airway, but it is more than just a loud noise which leads to broken sleep for snorers and their partners. This can have a profound impact on quality of life as it can be embarrassing and create marriage problems. Studies have shown that the lack of sleep caused by snoring has wide reaching effects such as:
lack of energy
accidents related to driving whilst tired
higher stress levels due to fatigue
less effectiveness at work affecting remuneration and career progression
reduced sex drive
If you snore or are affected by snoring you are not alone. It is estimated that around 40% of the adult population are snorers. Until recently options for snorers were very limited, most would visit their GP who would probably suggest various behaviour modifications such as to avoid sleeping on your back, lose weight, stop smoking and stop drinking.
The good news is that we can now offer a much more practical solution to the problem. Dorothy Quigley and Sandeep Sagoo are trained to provide the Sleepwell anti snoring device. This type of device is the most clinically effective anti-snoring appliance. Sleepwell is a cost effective and long term snoring remedy. The device which is worn just for sleep, holds the lower jaw in a forward posture, holding the back of the tongue forward and thereby preventing it from obstructing the airway.
Sleepwell has some unique features including a soft inner lining, it allows side to side movement of the lower jaw and most importantly allows the wearer to adjust it to maximize effectiveness. High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 97% of patients found Sleepwell an acceptable snoring remedy.
As you may be aware, snoring can be linked to other sleep related issues most commonly Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), up to 4% of middle aged men and 2% of middle aged women are affected. This is a condition where during sleep, the airway narrows to such a degree that breathing stops completely. This can happen for several seconds and several times during sleep. This disturbance to sleep can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and other symptoms.
We provide comprehensive care. Prior to being provided with a Sleepwell device, you will be asked to complete a pre-screening questionnaire in order to rule out other issues such as OSA. If there is an indication that you could be at risk, we will refer you for further investigation or arrange a private home sleep study.