What is snoring
Are sleep problems such as snoring, sleep apnoea or bruxism (teeth grinding) having a negative impact on your quality of life? We offer two distinct types of treatment options, Somnowell and Somnomed, to help you, and in turn your partner, achieve vastly improved quality of sleep.
Somnowell is one of the world’s leading oral appliance with up to 96% success rates for snoring, sleep apnoea, bruxism, TMJ and retention. At Devonshire Place Dental Practice, Specialist Dr Nick Lewis is a Platinum Practitioner of Somnowell oral devices.
The majority of people suffering from problematic snoring can be effectively treated using a Somnowell. The appliance works because it tackles the problem at its root. The Somnowell is designed to gently hold the lower jaw and tongue in the ‘recovery position’ while you sleep, keeping the airway open.
The Somnowell sleeping aid is also a very effective long-term treatment for obstructive sleep Apnoea. The Somnowell ensures an open airway is maintained throughout sleep, and is perfectly designed to meet each user’s unique requirements. A high level of precision goes into the design of the Somnowell, making it an extremely comfortable and effective treatment for sleep apnoea.
SomnoMed for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a serious and life-long medical condition that can impact every aspect of your life. SomnoMed has comfortable and high-quality solutions for you to begin enjoying more restful nights and refreshing days!
Mr Nick Lewis is an experienced practitioner for Somnowell and Somnomed anti-snoring devices. Make an appointment today to discuss treatment options.
What is snoring?
Snoring is caused by the vibration of soft tissues in the throat and behind the tongue. Studies indicate that at least 30% of adults snore and it is a major factor in sleep disturbance, leading to stress, lack of energy, poor concentration, mood swings, and irritability. In the long term, snoring can also lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. Snoring tends to be at its worst during the deepest stages of sleep, roughly 90 minutes after falling asleep. Snoring is usually at its loudest when the person is sleeping on their back.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
With Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) an increase in weight or a reduction in muscle tone can trigger the change from a partially blocked airway (snoring) to a completely blocked airway. It’s common for the sufferer to be completely unaware of the disorder, and remain undiagnosed for several years. OSA has been linked to an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
What is Bruxism?
- Permanent damage of the structure and surface enamel of your teeth
- Jaw pain known as TMJ pain
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
What are the symptoms of Bruxism?
It may be hard to tell if you are grinding, especially if it happens while you’re sleeping. However, if you experience any of the symptoms below, you could have a grinding problem.
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake your partner
- Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of tooth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Muscle tightness
- Ear ache – because of severe jaw muscle contractions
How does Somnomed work?
How does Somnowell work?
The Somnowell is a mechanical solution to a mechanical problem. Snoring is caused by the airway becoming smaller when we sleep, this can be multi-factorial (weight, muscle tone, anatomy etc). The Somnowell helps to maintain an open airway by holding your lower jaw in what is commonly known as the ‘recovery position’.
Mandibular advancement devices are one of the most well researched and proven methods for controlling both snoring and sleep apnoea. The main problem however has been with compliance. Other devices are made from bulky plastic and patients cannot tolerate them. The Somnowell Chrome is the first device made from chrome cobalt alloy and is therefore very small and comfortable. It is tailor-made to fit you perfectly and meet your individual needs. It is also extremely durable and hygienic.
Is it easy to put in and take out each night?
Once you have got used to the Somnowell Chrome is very easy to put in and take out. The Somnowell Chrome is made to perfectly fit your teeth and mouth and goes into place very easily. Please find below a testimonial from Dr Lindsay Winchester, a Consultant Orthodontist from a major sleep centre.
“I have been working in a major sleep studies unit, fitting a variety of mandibular advancement splints, for the last 17 years. The Somnowell appliance is by far the best appliance I have ever used. Some of my long-standing patients who have struggled with other custom-made splints have converted to the Somnowell and have been amazed at how easy it is to wear and how successful it is in curing their snoring and sleep apnoea.
The slim-line design and the precision of fit make this appliance the easiest to wear and most tight-fitting,holding the lower jaw forwards and opening up the airway. None of my patients have found this uncomfortable and without exception prefer it to any other splint they have tried.
My Somnowell patients frequently tell me I have transformed their lives, as well as that of their partners. This appliance, in my opinion, truly is the “Rolls Royce” of Mandibular Advancement Appliances and I would urge any patients who are suffering from snoring or sleep apnoea to seek a consultation from one of the experienced Somnowell practitioners.”
Is the Somnowell Chrome device BPA free?
The Somnowell Chrome is BPA free. Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make certain plastics. The Somnowell Chrome appliances are made from chrome cobalt alloy which is an inert metal like gold.
Is Somnowell Chrome medically approved?
The Somnowell range of oral devices are registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK and the Somnowell Chrome has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA.
Why does it have to be made from this premium material?
The Somnowell Chrome is made from chrome cobalt alloy. This is a well-established material in the dental world and is commonly used for making dentures. It has the same qualities as gold that make it ideal for long term use in the mouth.
How comfortable is the Somnowell Chrome to wear?
By design the Somnowell Chrome is incredibly comfortable, follow up studies have found the overwhelming majority of users still wear their Somnowell Chrome every night. In the follow up study reported by Visiting Professor Ash at The World Orthodontic Congress 2010, none of the patients reported discomfort in wear after the normal settling in period.
I often travel for business and leisure, can I take my Somnowell Chrome with me?
Each Somnowell Chrome appliance is supplied with a rigid storage and travel box that is printed with our company name. We suggest you add your contact details to the sticky label within the travelling case supplied with your device. Should you lose your Somnowell Chrome we recommend you contact us in case it is returned to us. We also suggest that you add the Somnowell Chrome to your list of valuable items for insurance purposes.
Why is Somnowell Chrome one of the best products of its kind on the market?
We strongly believe that the Somnowell Chrome is one of the leading oral devices in the world today, offering a long term, comfortable solution avoiding non reversible, painful invasive surgery. The Somnowell Chrome is the choice of ENT Specialists, Chest Medicine Physicians, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dentists and other medical professionals.
Will the Somnowell Chrome lose its effectiveness over time?
Under normal circumstances the Somnowell Chrome will remain effective indefinitely. However, in some cases the soft tissues of the mouth and throat will adapt to the forward posture position, and the muscles beneath the jaw and at the top of the throat may change with time. Usually a simple adjustment to the Somnowell Chrome appliance to further posture the jaw is all that is required.
Is it adjustable?
Yes, the Somnowell Chrome is adjustable after it has been constructed. The lower jaw can be moved further forwards if required. There are two protrusion nuts which enable the amount of protrusion to be changed. This is not often necessary as a Somnowell Practitioner is trained to take a recording of what will hopefully be an ideal amount of protrusion for you. We then construct the appliance based largely on that recording, with some allowance for input from our technicians who will design and correct your Somnowell Chrome appliance.
How long will the Somnowell Chrome last for?
The Somnowell Chrome is made from a Chrome Cobalt alloy and is designed to last indefinitely. It is guaranteed against manufacturing defects. However, the forces in the mouth can be so enormous during jaw parafunction and bruxism that these may distort and damage the Somnowell Chrome. Damage caused by jaw parafunction and bruxism is not included in the guarantee. If there are any changes to the anatomy of the teeth then the device may not fit, this is not a defect in device manufacture. It is essential that you maintain a healthy mouth and take good care of your Somnowell Chrome device.
Dr Lindsay Winchester, Consultant Orthodontist from a major sleep centre 2 Feb 2017
I have been working in a major sleep studies unit, fitting a variety of mandibular advancement splints, for the last 17 years. The Somnowell appliance is by far the best appliance I have ever used. Some of my long-standing patients who have struggled with other custom-made splints have converted to the Somnowell and have been amazed at how easy it is to wear and how successful it is in curing their snoring and sleep apnoea.
The slim-line design and the precision of fit make this appliance the easiest to wear and most tight-fitting, holding the lower jaw forwards and opening up the airway. None of my patients have found this uncomfortable and without exception prefer it to any other splint they have tried.
My Somnowell patients frequently tell me I have transformed their lives, as well as that of their partners. This appliance, in my opinion, truly is the “Rolls Royce” of Mandibular Advancement Appliances and I would urge any patients who are suffering from snoring or sleep apnoea to seek a consultation from one of the experienced Somnowell practitioners.
Dr. John L Farringer III, DDS, Board Certified, The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine 23 Jul 2016
I have been practicing dental sleep medicine for over 10 years and can confidently state that the Somnowell device is the most comfortable oral appliance available for the treatment of OSA. It eliminates the three main complaints patients have with plastic devices: 1. Foul odour 2. Obstructed tongue space 3. Uncomfortable and bulky. I wear my Somnowell every night.
BBC1 Goodnight Britain 25 Jun 2017
|Anti-snoring consultation||£75||refundable if you proceed with treatment|
|Somnowell Package of care||£1,750|
|Somnomed Package of care||£1,275|
We are an approved Dental Finance provider and offer Finance options for treatments costing over £1,000, which can be interest free for up to 12 months. If you choose to apply for this, an approval decision can be reached on the day of your appointment and includes a 14 day cancellation option.