Snoring – Sleep Apnoea

What is snoring?

Studies indicate that at least 30% of adults snore.   It is caused by the vibration of soft tissues in the throat and behind the tongue. Snoring can be a major factor in sleep disturbance leading to lack of energy, poor concentration, mood swings, and irritability. In the long term, snoring can also lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.

Somnowell for Snoring

The good news is that the overwhelming majority of people suffering from problematic snoring can be effectively treated here at Manor House Dental Surgery using a Somnowell. The appliance is an effective treatment for snoring because it tackles the problem at its root cause. 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 is tailored made to fit your mouth and teeth and Dr Ter-Berg will be happy to discuss your requirements..

Sleep Apnoea

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 is 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.

Somnowell for Sleep Apnoea

Dr Ter-Berg at Manor House Dental Surgery is an authorised practitioner to provide the Somnowell sleeping aid which is a very effective long-term treatment for mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnoea. The Somnowell ensures an open airway is maintained throughout sleep, and is perfectly designed to meet the unique requirements of each user. A high level of precision goes into the design of the Somnowell, making it an extremely comfortable and effective treatment for sleep apnoea.


What is Bruxism? Bruxism is a habit related to chewing, controlled by the subconscious processes active during sleep. It is one of the most common types of sleeping disorder. Grinding teeth in sleep can reduce the amount of rejuvenating deep (REM) sleep obtained. If left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to significant tooth loss and gum recession. Somnowell for Bruxism the Somnowell is made from chrome cobalt alloy and is impervious to wear from teeth grinding. The smooth polished chrome surfaces of the Somnowell allow the individual to rhythmically move their jaw during sleep without damaging the tooth enamel. The Somnowell provides relief to the jaw joint and facial muscles, and gives the gums and soft tissues a chance to heal and rest. Bruxism facts

  • Bruxism is the clinical term for teeth grinding
  • Bruxism can be both rhythmic (chewing) and sustained (clenching).
  • Sufferers of the bruxism may develop headaches and jaw pain.

TMJ TMJ facts

  • If you are experiencing any of the above, then why not book a consultation with our qualified practitioner Dr Ter-Berg – .
  • Temperomandibular Joint Disorder affects between 5% and 12% of the population
  • TMJ affects the jaw joint – one of the most complex joints in the body
  • The jaw joint undergoes constant strain, and is used every time you talk, chew, and swallow. Temperomandibular Joint Disorder  (TMJ) covers a range of conditions affecting the jaw joints and chewing muscles. Symptoms include jaw pain, earache, migraine and difficulty in chewing. Various factors can place a strain on the jaw joint, leading to pain and discomfort. These include excessive nail biting and gum chewing, and misalignment of the teeth due to dental problems. The Somnowell is an unparalleled treatment for TMJ. The creation of each Somnowell involves technologies normally reserved for advanced medical procedures. The appliance places the jaw in its optimum balanced and therapeutic position. The Somnowell holds the lower jaw forward during sleep and discourages clenching and tooth grinding by deprogramming the neuromuscular system.

How to Stop Snoring

Snoring is essentially a mechanical problem. The airway at the rear of the throat behind the tongue becomes smaller in some people when they sleep. This is due to an increase in fatty tissue, the effect of gravity when lying on your back, the loss of muscle tone, the relaxation of the muscles, the lower jaw and tongue dropping back, or any mixture of all these reasons. The reduced airway means the air travels faster through the airway when we breath, this causes the relaxed soft tissues in the throat to vibrate which results in the snoring noise. The most well researched technique around the world for stopping snoring is the use of a mandibular advancement appliance (MAA). An MAA looks like a sports mouth guard and is frequently referred to as a snoring guard. An MAA fits over the upper teeth and lower teeth. The 2 parts are connected to hold the lower jaw in a slightly forward position. By holding the lower jaw forward the tongue and hyoid bone are brought forward too. This keeps the airway open and is unequivocally proven to control snoring. Mandibular advancement devices can be purchased online but it is highly recommended to get one from a dentist that will be made to fit your individual mouth and teeth. Mandibular advancement devices are normally made from various kinds of plastics. This makes them inherently bulky and they all need to be replaced regularly. The plastic material deforms and degrades from regular wear in the mouth. The latest 4th generation mandibular advancement device from Somnowell is made from chrome cobalt alloy. Like gold, chrome cobalt is ideal for long-term use in the mouth as it does not suffer from wear or tear. The Somnowell is tailor-made for the individual and is very effective at stopping snoring. It has the added advantage of being far smaller and more comfortable.

  • Snoring affects both women and men, old and young, little and large. It affects a significant percentage of the population in every country around the world. Research has shown that it only becomes 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.

If this sounds familiar, then why not book a consultation with Dr Ter-Berg 01508 530514


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