SLEEP APNOEA

If you or someone close to you snores you’re certainly not suffering alone.

Sleep Apnoea is the technical term for when a person stops breathing whilst they are sleeping and wake up holding their breath, gasping or even choking.

Breathing might stop anywhere from a few seconds to longer than a minute and these gaps can occur several hundred times a night, impairing your ability to reach the deep, restful phases of sleep your body and mind need to perform at their best.

SNORING AND SLEEP APNOEA ARE NOT THE SAME

Even though there is a link between snoring and sleep apnoea, they can occur independently. In other words, not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea and not everyone with sleep apnoea snores.

ARE YOU AT RISK?

We suggest filling out our self-assessment forms here to see if you are at risk.


Toolkit From The British Sleep Society

The British Sleep Society (BSS) have produced a free Ostructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) Toolkit which contains information about the disorder and treatment for it. Download the toolkit here »

FACT

People with sleep apnoea are up to five time more likely than ‘normal’ sleeper to be involved in traffic accidents.

THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF SLEEP APNOEA

If you or someone close to you snores you’re certainly not suffering alone.

Sleep Apnoea can be classified as Mild, Moderate or Severe. The oral appliances we provide are a first line choice for those suffering from Mild to Moderate apnoea and a second line choice for those with more severe cases or those who cannot tolerate CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy.

The interruptions in breathing associated with sleep apnoea can actually lower your life expectancy- even more so than diabetes and smoking.

For comparison:

PROBLEM
Reduction in life expectancy
Type 2 Diabetes
5-10 years

Smoking
7-10 years

Sleep Apnoea
12-15 years

SIMPLE STEPS TO
REDUCE OR PREVENT SNORING & SLEEP APNOEA
(SLEEP HYGIENE)

Even though a high percentage of people who snore have a genetic predisposition to it there are things you can do to reduce the harmful side effects- particularly if you also suffer from sleep apnoea.

Stop smoking

25% of smoker experience sleep disruptions compared to only 5% of non smokers. You’ll sleep better, feel better and save money!

Side Sleeping

Try sleeping on your side. It’s simple and can be very effective.

Lose weight

Fatty tissue around your neck can prevent the free movement of air so if you’re not already at a healthy weight, losing a few pounds could work wonders.

Less Alcohol

Cut back on your alcohol intake. Drinking alcohol, especially before bedtime, relaxes the muscles at the back of your neck and causes snoring.

Ask for help

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If you have allergies or sinusitis there are sprays and other treatments that can clear your nose and help you breathe better at night.

Singing

This may be a little non-traditional but belting out your favourite tune can strengthen the muscles in your throat. Because muscles have a tendency to slacken as we get older, this can be an especially helpful technique for people over 50.


my life has been transformed

I’ve had sleeping problems this last 4 years. I had been constantly complaining to my doctors.
But then a friend of mine, after going away with me said, 'I know why your constantly tired you have sleep Apnea!’.
I had no idea what this meant or how serious it can be. It took approximately a year to get this diagnosis confirmed, my nhs consultant actually recommended Paul to me.

I contacted Paul stright away and he seen me out of hours within 24 hours. He recommended me an appliance to suit me, took impressions of my mouth and made me a temporary appliance all in that first appointment.

Fantastic service and now I’ve been using my Narvel CC appliance at night since February my life has been transformed. I’m no longer permanently tired. I actually feel refreshed after I waken up. I’ve so much more energy.

The difference is remarkable , the appliance is easy to use and comfortable. I’m totally grateful to Paul, his approach is so kind and considerate. Dr Paul Reaney absolutely goes the extra mile for his patients. 5 stars isn’t enough!!
Lynda

TREATING SLEEP APNOEA WITH ORAL APPLIANCES

There are a number of appliances that you can wear at night that are specifically designed to stop snoring and help treat sleep apnoea. Snoring Solutions has partnered with many suppliers to help find the best treatment for you.

For a more detailed analysis download our self-assessment forms here.

If you have had only moderate or little success treating sleep apnoea on your own there is a good chance that you will benefit from an anti-snoring appliance, especially if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions:

Do you, or have you been told, you snore when sleeping?
Are you tired when you wake in the morning or during the day?
Do you fall asleep or are you drowsy in inappropriate situations such as in meetings, at church, or other social situations?
Are you drowsy when driving?
Do you have headaches in the morning?

OUR SNORING SOLUTIONS PARTNERS

We are the only recognised Northern Ireland provider of a full range of oral appliances proven effective in stopping snoring and reducing the harmful effects of sleep apnoea and snoring.

Somnowell ( Platinum Practitioner)

Somnowell is the world's leading oral appliance with 93-96% success rates in the treatment of snoring, sleep apnoea, TMJ and other conditions.

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Narval cc appliance (ResMed)

The Narval cc appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position to draw the tongue forward and widen airways to reduce snoring and number of apnoeas. View official video for Narval »

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Sleepwell appliance (S4S)

Sleepwell is specifically molded and patient adjustable, the Sleepwell allows lips to be closed around it preventing dry lips and excess salivation. 98% of patients report high levels of comfort.

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ProCast anti-snoring appliance

ProCast is custom fit, long lasting, adjustable and very competitively priced. Find out more about

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The Moses Appliance

The Moses appliance is reversible, durable with a high success rate for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnoea.

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SomnoMed Appliance

SomnoMed’s comprehensive and scientifically validated results establish SomnoDent as the Gold Standard Oral Sleep Apnoea Appliance.

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Help with snoring

FAQs

HOW DO ANTI-SNORING APPLIANCES WORK?

Oral appliance therapy opens your airway to help prevent blockage (obstructions) caused by your tongue falling to the back of your mouth and throat- one of the major causes of snoring. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and provide proper management of snoring and various levels of sleep apnoea.


IS AN ORAL APPLIANCE RIGHT FOR ME?

An anti-snoring oral appliance may be effective if you suffer from:

● Snoring
● Sleep apnoea
● Low energy
● Daytime sleepiness / tiredness
● Difficulty concentrating
● Mood swings / irritability
● Depression
● Headaches
● Grinding and/or teeth clenching
● Reduced ability to cope with stress


WHAT CONDITIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH SNORING AND SLEEP APNOEA?

Poor quality or inadequate sleep caused by excessive snoring and sleep apnoea can affect your life in many ways beyond simply feeling tired or drowsy.

A child who suffers from either of these conditions can have growth, behaviour and school performance issues and women who develop apnoea during pregnancy (a common occurrence) can develop pre-eclampsia.

Sleep apnoea and snoring can also increase your chances of:

● High Blood Pressure
● Heart Attacks And Strokes
● Headaches
● Acid Reflux
● Hypothyroidism
● Reduced life expectancy and quality of life
● Reduced cognitive awareness and increased risks of accidents


Don’t forget your partner and family can also experience interrupted sleep from your snoring.


AM I AT RISK OF DEVELOPING SLEEP APNOEA OR SNORING ISSUES?

Your chances of suffering from sleep apnoea or snoring increases if you suffer from:
● Obesity
● Asthma
● Diabetes

You can download our self-assessment forms here.


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