The Best Way to Stop Snoring

Snoring affects a large percentage of the population in every country around the world. Research has shown that it only gets worse as we get older. 30% of men and 20% of women under the age of 60 snore. Increasing to 60% and 40% over the age of 60.

The reason for the increase is because as we get older our muscle tone decreases and we tend to gain weight. The combination of these things exacerbates the cause of snoring which a reduced size of airway in the throat. When we sleep the muscles relax and the lower jaw and tongue drop backwards. The tongue and other soft tissue then reduces the size of the airway. The snoring noise is caused by the soft tissues in the throat vibrating. The soft tissues vibrate because the narrowed airway makes the air travel faster to fill the lungs when we breath.

The most well researched method around the world for stopping snoring is the use of a mandibular advancement device (MAD). An MAD looks similar to a sports mouth guard and is often referred to as a snoring guard. An MAD fits over the upper teeth and lower teeth. The two parts are connected in order to hold the lower jaw in a slightly forward position. Holding the lower jaw forward stops the tongue dropping back when asleep. It also helps to keep the soft tissues taut and the airway open.

There is a wide range of MADs to choose from. They range from bulky plastic one-size-fits-all devices that you can buy online or over the counter. To tailor made chrome cobalt alloy devices that can only be purchased by visiting a dentist. They all have their pros and cons. But in the end they all aim to do the same thing, to hold the lower jaw forward.

MADs such as the Somnowell are proven to be an effective treatment for controlling snoring. They are however not a cure for snoring and will need to be worn every night that you wish to control your snoring.


Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.