How to Stop Snoring
Snoring can be harmless but the fact that it may be a sign of sleep apnoea may be dangerous. If you want to put an end to your snoring, here are some tips on how to do so, courtesy of an article from http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk.
The first thing to look at is your lifestyle. Try cutting out alcohol and spicy food before bed and also think about whether you may need to lose some weight.
You should also make sure there is good ventilation in the bedroom.
You should try and diagnose the cause of your snoring. There are three main types of snorers: the throat snorer, the nasal snorer and the palate snorer, or you may be a combination of two or all three.
Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty, or LAUP is one treatment. It is a walk-in walk-out procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. It works by targeting the uvula, which is the 'dangly' thing that hangs at the back of the throat. When the uvula is unnecessarily large it vibrates in the throat whilst the patient is asleep, thus causing the snoring sound. The LAUP uses a laser beam to tighten up the uvula to stop the vibrating.
The treatment available to nasal snorers is another laser, used to either reduce enlarged fleshy ridges or 'turbinates' at the entrance of the sinuses, or to correct a deviated septum (a buckled partition between the two nostrils). With the airway cleared, patients will be able to breathe more easily at night and therefore their snoring will be significantly reduced.
If your problem lies within your palate, then it is your dentist who may be able to help in the form of a dental splint if it is felt on examination that your lower jaw is somewhat smaller than normal.
Alternatively, in palate snorers who have a normal sized lower jaw laser surgery may also be used to remove the volume of redundant tissue within the palate. A further treatment offered is the use of high frequency heat energy (Celon) to "tighten up" the tissue within the palate thus reducing vibration when asleep and correspondingly reducing or removing the snoring sound altogether.
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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.
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