You might be surprised to know that about 33% of the population snores. This is because when we sleep our muscles relax and our airways narrow.
Snoring is the vibrating noise made when the back of the tongue vibrates and touches the back of the throat. About 5% of snorers also suffer from sleep apnoea.
For these people, their throats close during sleep and they stop breathing. This lasts from 5 secs to 2 mins and can happen several times a night. The sleeping brain is forced to wake up momentarily to allow air into the lungs, which is very is stressful.
The Sleepwell Device
At Kempston Dental Practice we offer Sleepwell as a cost-effective sleep apnoea and snoring treatment.
It is a custom-made device that you wear at night which prevents the lower jaw from dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways during sleep. This provides an effective long-term remedy for snoring.