Snoring is caused by the vibration of anatomical structures in the mouth such as the tongue or uvula while deep breathing during sleep.
It is a very common problem but can be debilitating especially for the partner as they may suffer chronic fatigue from sleep loss due to disturbance from snoring. For the snoring individual, sleep apnoea may need to be investigated as this could be a root cause of the snoring.
The solutions to snoring can be a combination of lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol consumption, losing weight, giving up smoking or sleeping on one’s side. Surgical intervention might be considered to reduce the size of the uvula (uvelectomy), or a custom-made anti-snoring device could be worn to bring the lower jaw forward to open the airway. This is called a mandibular advancement device, and here at Garden Square Dental, we are an accredited supplier of the Somnowell anti-snoring appliance.