The information below is sourced from the S4S website where there are also a number of additional patients resources.
Sleep related breathing disorders demonstrate, to varying degrees, how easily the airway collapses. With simple 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, abnormal movements whilst sleeping, and headaches to name a few
We use a specialist dental laboratory (S4S) and their main device for the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea is the Sleepwalk.
This video helps describe snoring and how the Sleepwell can help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGojYIwUmUY
It is the most technically advanced, patient-friendly MAS (mandibular advancement splint) available with a success rate of over 80% (in fully apnoeic patients).
It is designed with internal splint fixing, allowing lips to close around the device to prevent dryness and/or excess salivation associated with other splints. High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found the device acceptable.
Below is the link to the S4S Patients questionnaire to complete as a guide to see if the device may help you with your snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea:
A Sleepwell device to help reduce snoring and symptoms of sleep apnoea