Snoring can affect your everyday life and can also affect your relationship with your partner. Many people who snore also suffer from sleep apnoea.
This disorder is characterised by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These interruptions usually last for about 10 seconds or more and occur repeatedly at night, leading to restless sleep. Most patients are not even aware of this and will wake up tired and irritable and suffer from daytime sleepiness.
Snoring can often be cured simply by lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoiding alcohol and giving up smoking.
For other cases a snoring appliance that moves the jaw forward and opens up the airway may reduce or eliminate the snoring. This appliance consists of an upper and lower jaw splint. The design opens up the airway and does not affect breathing through the mouth.
This animation shows how snoring is caused, and how a snoring appliance is used to treat this.