Snoring and bruxism appliances
Bruxism - the grinding and clenching of teeth
Bruxism is a parafunction which affects over 50% of the population, and can be debilitating for many sufferers. However, despite being prevalent throughout the UK and worryingly on the rise, bruxism often remains overlooked and underdiagnosed. Whilst, for some, bruxing doesn’t cause any serious symptoms, for many – the habitual bruxers - the side effects are painful and persistent. This can range form excessive wear and fractures of teeth and restorations to life debilitating symptoms include headaches, migraines on waking, jaw and neck pain, TMD and many more. If you suffer any of these you know how serious and life affecting this can sometimes be.
We offer a range of different splints that may help, ranging from £60 to £300+ including protective nightime splints, daytime splints and Sleep Clench Inhibitors. Speak to your dentist about which splint might be of benefit to you.
What is snoring?
Sleep related breathing disorders demonstrate, to varying degrees, the collapsibility of the airway. With simple palatal snoring, there is no full obstruction of the airway the noise is simply the vibrations of soft tissue. Whilst this often has little impact on the snorer, some do wake feeling unrefreshed, suffer headaches and a tenderness in the upper airway. More often, it is those within close proximity that are profoundly affected.
Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) can result from insufficient oxygen entering the body and poor quality sleep caused by multiple wakings. Effects of EDS include an inability to concentrate, poor memory, reduction in performance and, in extreme cases, can lead to the sufferer falling asleep unexpectedly. Severe sleepiness has even been found to increase the chances of having an accident whilst driving by seven times.
EDS can be a result of obstructive sleep apnoea, a more severe collapsing of the airway in which it is obstructed for multiple periods of time during sleep. Both in the form of a total pause or a significant shallowing of breath, oxygen levels dip and can result in a multitude of symptoms: extreme tiredness, snoring, abnormal movements whilst sleeping, headaches, and psychological issues to name a few.
We used to offer a range of dental appliances for the treatment of such sleep disorders, but now we only offer our gold standard, the Sleepwell (£450). This 3rd generation design is the most successful and comfortable as well as the most clinically-proved AS on the market for snoring and mild to moderate OSA.