"...I used the Sleepwell and had the best night’s sleep ever!...I've been tracking my sleep with my FitBit since using it - and the difference is quite simply amazing! I actually have dreams now - before using the device I can’t remember how long its been since I woke up and remembered having a dream."
We all know how irritable and disorientated a poor night's sleep can make us feel. Thankfully for most, this is a one-off incident. However, for those impacted by snoring and obstructive sleep anoea (OSA), whether sufferer or bed partner, a poor night's sleep can easily become a regular occurrence and lead to a number of health and lifestyle issues.
Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Caused by the partial closure of the airway (due to the relaxation of the lower jaw) most snoring occurs in isolation and is referred to as 'simple snoring'. However, it can also be a sign of a more severe sleep condition - Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - a serious condition in which a person stops breathing (or suffers extremely low oxygen levels) whilst asleep.
For the simple snorers, the snorer themselves can often be unaware - of both the fact that they are disturbing bed partners or other family members, and that their dentist can help play a role in treating the cause.
For those that suffer from OSA, whether mildly or more seriously, waking tired and groggy is often a key indicator. Daytime sleepiness is also often a keen giveaway, though many times it is the bed partner that is heavily disrupted - unable to sleep due to lack of breathing, gasps and snorts, body movement and frequent trips to the lavatory.
The role of your dentist
Many dentists up and down the country are trained to treat snoring and OSA (mild to moderate), and follow a recognised care pathway to ensure that any patients that are at 'high-risk' of OSA are referred on to their GP for a sleep study. As well as lifestyle changes, key appliances in the treatment of both snoring and OSA are anti-snoring splints, that gently hold the lower jaw further forward, preventing, or minimising, the closure of the airway. These splints are also known as mandibular advancement splints, or MAS devices.
MAS device: The Sleepwell
Anti-snoring dental appliances, such as mandibular advancement splints (MAS), have been shown to play an effective role in the management of patients with simple snoring and OSA. MAS devices work by holding the lower jaw in place, preventing it from dropping back and obstructing the airway. The Sleepwell is the most clinically proven MAS for the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea.
What Sleepwell patients have to say
We recently received a testimonial from a patient with OSA who had tried a number of treatments, including CPAP, 'off the shelf' treatments, and even surgery, to no avail. Here, he shares his experience with the Sleepwell device:
"I cannot express to you how much I appreciate your product. I've suffered from OSA for about 6 years now and really couldn't get on with CPAP. I did try a MAS I bought online, but gave up with it as it didn’t work. I've had several quite painful surgical procedures, including a sinoplasty, tonsilectomy, LAUP and RF treatment on my tongue - none of which have managed to cure my OSA.
...I used the Sleepwell and had the best night’s sleep ever – it’s a little uncomfortable (actually it’s not, it’s just strange) and I’m certain after a few weeks it will become completely normal. I know its not the most scientific of studies, but I've been tracking my sleep with my FitBit since using it - and the difference is quite simply amazing! I actually have dreams now - before using the device I can’t remember how long its been since I woke up and remembered having a dream."