Snoring Treatment

Can my dentist really cure my snoring?

Snoring is a big problem, both for those who suffer from it and their partners or room-mates, but did you know that your dentist may be able to cure your snoring? At Unidental in Stockport we recommend patients who have a regular snoring problem speak to a member of our dental team to explore how we can help.

snoringThere are many causes of snoring, and all of us will snore at some point in life. If you or your partner’s snoring accompanies a cold or a seasonal allergy such as hayfever, it’s nothing to worry about as it is a regular side-effect of these conditions, which can cause a narrowing of the airways.

However, regular snoring may have a different underlying cause, and while many people laugh at the condition it can cause serious problems, including sleep disturbance for both the snorer and anyone who shares a bed with them.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a relatively common condition in which the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse, temporarily blocking the airway. You are likely to snore loudly with laboured breathing, and to suffer severely disturbed sleep as your brain wakes you up to breathe again.

At Unidental Stockport we know that your dentist may not be the first person you think of to cure your snoring problem. However, advances in dental technology have included the development of special oral devices and mouthpieces that can address snoring and sleep apnoea problems.

If you visit our Stockport practice with a snoring problem, your dentist will attempt to establish the cause and, if mouthpieces are right for you, will take impressions of your teeth to create a bespoke mouthpiece.

These devices work by preventing your lower jaw from dropping back during sleep, thus stopping your airway from closing and preventing snoring.

Bedroom Talk: The Link Between Snoring and Sexual Satisfaction

Several factors affect a couple’s sex life. While most of these reasons make practical sense, snoring as a major factor in reduced intimacy levels is a little off. It could grow to be an inconvenience, but studies show heavy snoring affects sexual satisfaction, and may lead to the eventual end of a relationship.

snoring problemUnidental offers a series of oral devices or mouthpieces to address your snoring problem. But more than this quick solution, we also weigh in on the role snoring plays in the bedroom’s most intimate moments—and how it can destroy things, too.

Honey, You’re Snoring Again

More than 800 men took part in a study published a few years back in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Ninety-five of the men were heavy snorers, 573 were moderate snorers and 159 were mild or non-snorers. They were asked questions about sex drive, satisfaction with their sex life and snoring.

The study found that men who snored more reported less sexual satisfaction compared to mild/non-snorers. Snoring affects sleep quality, and so heavy snorers are usually more tired, with excessive daytime sleepiness and with less energy to use up when the lights go off.

More than this, their partners also end up not being able to sleep well, or they may feel less desire for intimacy because of nightly snoring-related stress. In fact, some partners might feel compelled to sleep in a separate bed because of the other’s snoring, eliminating intimacy altogether.

Heavy snorers are not hopeless cases, though, because there are many ways to remedy the problem. Since weight and snoring intensity are closely linked, losing weight is the first step. If snoring is caused by congestion, eliminate possible irritants and consult a doctor about congestion-clearing medications.

Should your snoring be traced to a sleeping disorder, talk with a specialist for proper medication. In the meantime, you can consider having one of our dentists fit you an oral device or mouthpiece to prevent the closure of your airways, which will stop you from snoring.

Talk to our board certified Stockport dentists about how your snoring problem can be addressed and your sex life improved.