How to stop snoring with a mandibular advancement device

Are you worried about snoring? Perhaps it is yourself that snores all you have a partner, husband or wife that snores? Whatever the cause, snoring can become a major problem for both the individual and their partner.

In this blog post our Derby dentist, Dr Daniel Murphy takes an in-depth look at snoring, what it is, how it happens and what some of the potential treatments might be.

Why do people snore?

Snoring happens when a part of your airway becomes narrowed, when you are asleep and relaxed this narrowing can reverberate as you breathe causing the snoring sound.

Anything that makes this narrowing smaller or facilitates your relaxation and sleep can increase the likelihood of snoring, think about things like:

  • Being overweight. The extra weight can restrict the airway and put more pressure on the narrowed part causing you to snore more.
  • Drinking lots of alcohol. This can encourage a deeper sleep/unconsciousness which means the muscles relax and the airway narrows.
  • Sleeping on your back. Your tongue can fall back narrowing the airway.
  • Stopping smoking. Smoking can irritate and restrict your airway making snoring more likely.

There are also medical conditions such as sleep apnoea which mean your airway becomes temporarily blocked whilst you are asleep, this is not necessarily linked to weight, alcohol or the position in which you sleep.

How to stop snoring

Before you look at the ways to stop snoring it’s good to consider why you snore in the first place, this will then give you a more detailed answer.

Ways to stop snoring include:

  1. Mandibular advancement devices.
  2. Surgery.
  3. CPAP Machines (Constant Positive Air Pressure).

These ways to stop snoring are in addition to the more obvious losing weight, drinking less and stopping smoking.

Mandibular advancement devices

Following a snoring assessment by your dentist mandibular advancement devices can help to dramatically reduce snoring. They work by pulling your lower jaw forwards, as your jaw comes forwards the attached muscles also pull forwards and open up your airway.

This technique is so effective that emergency medical crews will pull your lower jaw forwards if you are unconscious, this act alone can help to open and airway and allow an unconscious casualty to breathe more easily.

Mandibular advancement to open airway

Mandibular advancement devices such as this are usually available from your dentist.

Silent night snoring deviceYou would wear your mandibular advancement device at night, they are comfortable to wear and can help you get a good nights sleep, free from snoring.

This type of device is one of the stop snoring devices that really work.

 

Other stop snoring aids

Other aids to stop snoring include things like anti snoring pillows and devices which prevent you from lying on your back. These devices all primarily work in the same way, to change your position whilst sleeping so that you don’t snore.

If you’re snoring is not primarily caused by your position then you still may find that you snore when using some of these other devices, if this is the case then a mandibular advancement device may work better for you.

Operation to stop snoring

There is an operation called a somnoplasty, this operation is a simple procedure to modify the shape of your airway, particularly uvula and soft palate. It is done under local anaesthetic so is relatively quick with a short recovery time.

This treatment is however not suitable for people with sleep apnoea.

 

Obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA

OSA takes snoring to the next level, with this condition the muscles relax so much that the airway becomes completely blocked, when this happens breathing will become impossible.

Obstructive sleep apnoea can affect men, women and children alike, affecting sleep and overall health.

If the apnoea lasts for more than 10 seconds then the level of oxygen in the blood can reduce leading to hypoxia. If this happens frequently throughout the night it can lead to extremely disruptive sleep.

CPAP Machine

In extreme circumstances a constant positive air pressure machine can be used to keep the airway open, this ensures the blood remains oxygenated and because the airway doesn’t close so often sleep come be far better.

This type of machine will be prescribed by your doctor following sleep apnoea tests.

If you have snoring (as opposed to sleep apnoea) and would like more advice about which device can help, please contact our Derby dentist, Dr Daniel Murphy who will be pleased to see you for a consultation and discuss how a mandibular advancement device may be able to help.

Time for a new you

If you want to show off your best smile, you need to look after your teeth. We all try to avoid bad habits such as smoking, eating too many sugary foods, or drinking too much coffee. Regular trips to the dentist, brushing and flossing all help prevent oral health problems. Sometimes that just isn’t enough. Even things we cannot control, like the aging process, all add to the deterioration of your teeth. Cosmetic Dentistry in Derby can help you conquer this. The smile of confidence and success shouldn’t be reserved for the rich and famous. In Derby, cosmetic dentistry could give you the smile makeover you have been dreaming of.

cosmetic-dentistry-in-DerbyWhat we can offer you

For all your cosmetic dentistry in Derby, look no further then Dove Dental. We pride ourselves on the vast array of cosmetic dentistry we can offer you. We can offer our invisible braces treatment with our Invisalign procedure. We are also happy to be able to offer services, ranging from simple procedures, such as white fillings, all the way to a full smile makeover. Our team of dedicated professionals will be supporting you from the start to the finish of your treatment with Dove Dental.

Platinum membership

Your cosmetic dentistry, Derby treatments vary in cost, depending on what you desire from your dental experience. We believe in providing a top-class service, at an affordable price. Our practice is unique; in that we are privileged to have registered specialists and experienced dental practitioners. Our team can provide cohesive dental care ranging from Implants, cosmetic dentistry and hygienist services.

At Dove Dental, we are pleased to be able to offer our platinum membership to our patients. Our monthly membership plan can offer you discount on treatment and provide valuable insurance in the event of an emergency. As a platinum member, you will be subject to a wealth of benefits for your cosmetic dentistry, Derby.

These benefits in any emergency treatment you may need, as well as 15% discount on your crowns and bridges, as well as 15% off fillings, extractions, implants, sedation, teeth whitening and many more!

All our restoration work is also guaranteed for 12 months. You can have all of this and more, for as little as £18.97 a month.

Smile brighter with Dove Dental

Feeling good and looking good go hand in hand and the confidence that comes from a winning smile goes a long way towards it. That is why at Dove Dental your smile is important to us. At our practice in Derby, cosmetic dentistry is put to good use bringing you a smile worth talking about. Stained, chipped or crooked teeth can all become a thing of the past with cosmetic dentistry in Derby.

teeth-whitening-derbyGo with Dove Dental

Whether you are looking to fix a single chipped tooth or completely transform the look of your teeth, we provide tailor made treatments to meet your personal needs. Involving you in the treatment planning process means you can make an informed decision and have all of your concerns addressed in the safe and friendly environment of our practice in Derby. Cosmetic dentistry comes with high expectations, which we strive not only to meet but also exceed.

For anxious patients we offer conscious sedation to help relax you. We are always looking to make your dental experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Cost can also be a source of stress, which is why a variety of payment plans are also on offer to lessen the burden.

Achieving the look you want

Advances in modern dentistry make getting the look you want for your teeth easier than ever before. At Dove Dental our range of cosmetic treatments use the latest dental techniques, materials and technology.

We offer almost invisible braces from Invisalign to straighten your teeth discreetly and without the hassle of fixed metal braces. Removable Invisalign aligners mean you can get on with eating, flossing and brushing your teeth with ease. For a complete smile makeover we also offer Six Month Smile clear aligners, which could have you sporting a new smile in just six months.

There are many paths to achieving that dream smile; in addition to invisible braces, we also provide veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth coloured fillings and teeth whitening. To find out which path is right for you visit us at Dove Dental – in our hands cosmetic dentistry in Derby will leave you smiling.

Options to replace a missing tooth

There are a few options available to replace missing teeth, one option is a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge usually involves some kind of alterations to be made to the teeth surrounding it, so this is possibly not the best option available in order to preserve remaining natural teeth. Dentures are another option available to replace missing teeth. Dentures have been used as a solution to missing teeth for years, they have improved a significant amount in recent times and are more comfortable and natural looking than ever before, however they are not perfect. Dentures can still move around in the mouth and cause soreness of the gums, as well as some embarrassment if they slip around in or out of the mouth when eating, laughing, or talking so may not be the best solution for some people. in addition, dentures are not as natural looking as the third tooth replacement option- dental implants.

replace-missing-toothWhat’s so good about dental implants? Derby clinic Dove Dental Care will tell you

Dove Dental Care say that their dental implants in Derby are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth, as unlike fixed bridges, dental implants are fixed into the jaw and in no way rely on the surrounding teeth for support, this ensures that the natural teeth in your mouth will remain undamaged. The implant will never move around or fall out of the mouth like some dentures can, this is because the titanium screw that the implant is made out of, is joined to the bone in your jaw and can only be removed by a dentist, this removes any chance of unwanted dental mishaps. Of Course, people don’t have to replace missing teeth, but if not replaced it is common for teeth that surround the area to drift into the gap which can affect a person’s ‘bite’ and can make it difficult to replace the missing tooth in the future. In addition, missing teeth can cause the cheeks to sink in and making the face look gaunt. Dental implants in Derby can prevent this from happening. Contact Dove Dental to find out more about how their Derby dental implants can help you.

Can you tell me about what dental implants are?

There are now an increasing range of options and dental treatments, if you are looking to improve the quality of your teeth in Derby. Dental implants are becoming a popular choice for anyone who, is looking to replace a missing tooth. Traditionally, for those who have lost many teeth, dentures would have been the only option. Now you have a range of treatments to choose from, and we here at Dove Dental Care, can advise you on the best treatment for you.

dental-implants-DerbyA dental implant is an artificial tooth made especially for you, which is secured into your gum, using a titanium metal screw (the implant). The permanence of the tooth will allow you to continue eating as normal, with all the convenience of a real tooth. The natural look of the material, will allow you to smile in confidence, as you enjoy the benefit of your dental implant, in Derby.

Is the treatment affordable?

We know that, dental work can be what puts many people off from receiving the essential care that they need in Derby. Dental implants can be an expensive option for some people, with limitations of a monthly budget, so we here at Dove Dental Care, offer a treatment plan that can help. If you sign up to a monthly dental plan of only £18.97, then you will receive a helping 15% off any dental implants and other treatments. After six months of paying your membership, you will receive a free appointment, to make the routine checks for your teeth, and a visit to the oral hygienist. There are many benefits, to being part of a membership plan with us, including discounts for the sedation needed while you have your work done, plus insurance to cover any dental emergency, while you are abroad.

We here at Dove Dental Care, are more than happy to assist you in making the right decision for you, when it comes to your dental needs. If you are interested in dental implants and/or in our dental plan then please read the full range of information, available on our website. Contact us, to book an appointment or consultation.

Is Your Child Endangering Their Dental Health by Drinking Sports Drinks?

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We’ve just picked up on some recent research from the University of Cardiff which showed that of the 160 children that responded to their survey 89.4% of them stated that they drank sports drinks with half of them drinking them at least twice a week. What most parents and children don’t realise is that these drinks are intended to improve performance and keep athletes hydrated and are not intended to be drank as recreational drinks, especially by young people.

You will probably  have seen that drinking these drinks has been marketed as being fashionable, trendy and often healthy which has led to a surge in popularity amongst the younger members of our population.

When the researchers asked the children that responded why they drank these drinks, the main reason was attributed to the nice taste (90% of respondents) with 80.4% of respondents purchasing the drinks from local shops. 77.9% of boys came to drink sports drinks during physical activity whilst only 48.6% of girls claimed the same thing however, more girls claim to drink socially, 51.4% compared to 48.5% for boys.

Alarmingly, a study reported in the independent.ie says that 55% of the sports drinks consumed at home rather than during any exercise at all!

The problem is not the sports drinks themselves, the problem is the fact that these drinks are formulated for enhanced exercise performance. The sugar in sports drinks is there to give fast absorption of carbohydrate so that the muscles can run at peak performance. Yet if these drinks are consumed with out the physical exercise then the body is not using the sugar in this way.

Lucozade sport, for example Contains 27 g of sugar or 7 teaspoons worth in a 750 mL bottle. The world health organisation recommends people consume a maximum of 50 g of added sugar per day, meaning one bottle of Lucozade sport is more than 50% of your daily recommended intake.

Obesity expert Dr Donal O’Shea says:

“If you’re a gold medal Olympian who’s burning 6,000 calories a day and can’t eat enough to replace that, maybe a sports drink is okay, but for everyone else they have no benefit,”

The government’s recent launch of their Change4Life campaign of the Sugar Smart app goes a long way to helping children understand how much sugar is contained in various drinks, because this is an app, children find it more interactive and a useful way to scan their favourite drinks to see how much sugar is included.

What are the risks to your dental health of too much sugar?

We’ve written in other blog posts about the effects of too much sugar with regards to diabetes and obesity but there are also risks to your dental health.

Dental decay is caused by the acid excreting from the bacteria in your mouth, these bacteria feed prolifically on the sugar in your diet, the more sugar you have, the more they feed on the more acid they excrete.

In the most part your saliva neutralises this acid but it can only work to a certain degree, too much acid and it attacks your teeth and causes dental decay.

One of the biggest problems is that these bacteria lurk in between your teeth which is notoriously difficult to clean, this is why using an interdental brush or floss is absolutely vital for maintaining your dental health.

Here is, perhaps a more honest advert for sports drinks!

Ways to reduce sugar intake

It is fairly easy to limit the amount of added sugar that you put on food, more difficult is being aware of the sugar that you don’t know you are eating. It’s important to doublecheck  things like sauces, dressings, cereals plus  prepackaged food like soup and ready meals.

Fizzy drinks contain a huge amount of sugar, a 500 mL bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 17 cubes of sugar. Even  when you drink fruit juice you are still consuming a large amount of additional sugar.

Here are a few additional tips to reduce sugar intake:

  • Consider sweeteners in moderation instead of adding sugar.
  • Remove the temptation of adding sugar by not putting  it on the table in the first place. Remember, syrup and honey also contain sugar, so keep these safely in the cupboard also.
  • Enhance your food with spices instead of sugar, things like ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg can add interesting flavours without adding sugar.
  • Purchase sugarfree drinks or get into the habit of drinking water, perhaps with a slice of lemon or lime to give it a fresh taste.
  • When baking reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe by up to 1/2, often you won’t notice any difference.
  • If you purchase tinned fruit, make sure it is in water or natural juices rather than in syrup.
  • If you like sugary cereal, rather than add sugar, experiment with different fruits such as bananas, cherries, strawberries or dried fruits such as apricots, raisins or cranberries.

Dove Dental Care is a dental practice in Derby with a keen interest in helping patients, young and old improve and maintain their dental health.

A guide to using dental implants in Derby to replace missing teeth

Increasing numbers of dentists are recommending dental implants to replace missing teeth. At Dove Dental Care in Derby, our skilled implantology team can use these ingenious little bionic tooth roots to restore your smile and replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.

dental-implants-in-derbyReplacing missing teeth is always important, no matter where in your mouth you have lost a tooth from. Even a single missing tooth automatically puts more strain on your remaining teeth, which may also move out of position and change alignment as they shift into the gap.

When several teeth (or even all the natural teeth) are missing, you will experience severe difficulty in eating anything but soft foods – making it hard to get proper nutrition – and will find both speech and self-confidence affected.

At our Derby dental practice, we believe that – more often than not – dental implants are the ideal solution to tooth loss.

Derby dental implants: how it works

Your implant journey will start with a consultation with an implant dentist here at our Derby clinic. This will involve a detailed examination, including any necessary x-rays or scans, to check that you are suitable for dental implants.

The vast majority of patients only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants in Derby, which many at our dental practice have reported as being much more tolerable than a tooth extraction.

As soon as your dental implants are in place, they will start to bond with your jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. This sees new bone tissue and blood vessels build up around the implants, creating a bond akin to that of natural tooth roots.

It will take a few months for your dental implants to fully integrate with your jaw bone, during which time your dentist may fit temporary teeth. When healing is complete, you will come into our Derby clinic to have your permanent new teeth attached.

These new teeth may be dentures, a bridge, or a single crown, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. With good hygiene and proper aftercare, they could last a lifetime.

Fulfill your smile potential

Are you happy with your smile? Here at Dove Dental in Derby, cosmetic dentistry is something we believe should be open to everybody – everyone should be able to have access to their smile potential.

cosmetic-dentistry-derbySo what is your smile potential? Most people have something they would like to change about their teeth, from having small tweaks to a full mouth makeover. There is nothing more glamorous then a big, bright, straight and healthy Hollywood style smile, and we would like to help you achieve that.

In Derby, cosmetic dentistry comes in several forms, each of which can be life-changing in the way they affect your confidence.

Crooked teeth?

Do have crooked or misaligned teeth? A lot of people have an overbite, under bite or cross bite, protruding teeth or large gaps that they would prefer to be straight. We have several teeth straightening options available for you. We have invisible aligners, removable, customised options or those that work over a shorter period of time.

Missing teeth?

If you suffer from a missing tooth or teeth, you will be aware of the practical problems this can cause with eating, speaking and bone tissue deterioration. We are able to provide dental implant treatments, which provide a strong artificial root upon which we can attach replacement teeth that function as well as natural teeth – or better!

Discoloured teeth?

Teeth whitening is one of our most popular treatments. We fit you with customised trays to fit both your upper and lower teeth at our dental practice and you administer the treatment at home, either overnight or at a time that would be most convenient for your lifestyle. The results is a brighter, whiter but completely natural looking smile.

Affordable

In Derby, cosmetic dentistry is not available cheaply (and you should be suspicious if it is!), but we understand that the finance side puts a lot of people off. We are able to help you spread the cost with our various in-house finance plans, starting from 0% interest depending on your circumstances.

If you would like further information on cosmetic dentistry in Derby, contact Dove Dental today to book an appointment.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

It is possibly thanks to celebrities and TV shows, cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular, and Dove Dental offer cosmetic dentistry in Derby on a daily basis. It covers a broad range of dental services including teeth whitening, teeth straightening, mouth guards, smile makeovers, and facial aesthetics.

cosmetic-dentistryLet’s take a more in depth look at some of the cosmetic dentistry in Derby that you might want to consider.

  • Teeth whitening. Perfect for smokers, drinkers, or people who have trouble keeping a white shade of tooth. A special paste is applied to your teeth and a laser is passed over this paste, leaving the enamel of your teeth lighter and brighter.
  • Teeth straightening. Of course, braces are the most traditional way of helping to straighten out wonky or uneven teeth, but as more and more adults look for solutions, retainers and night mouth guards are becoming even more popular.
  • Invisalign. Perfect for adults who want subtle cosmetic dentistry to transform their teeth. Invisalign is a set of clear retainers which you wear on a daily basis to gradually improve the straightness of your teeth.
  • Veneers.Dental veneers are thin layers of (usually) porcelain which sit on top of the existing tooth. The veneers are a great way of fixing broken or chipped teeth. Once attached, they will blend right in with your natural teeth. Veneers can also be used in extreme cases of tooth discolouring.
  • Smile Makeover.Not sure what exactly you need in terms of cosmetic dentistry, but want to improve your smile? Simply pop in to Dove Dental and have a chat with one of our dentists about cosmetic dentistry in Derby. They will be able to recommend everything from whitening, to veneers and implants, whatever is needed to get you smiling again.

So in short, cosmetic dentistry is a range of services that can be used to help improve your smile, your teeth, your oral hygiene, or simply your self-esteem and confidence. Call Dove Dental today to see what we can offer you and see how we can help you reach your goal of having a beautiful smile.

Revitalise your relationship with your teeth

If you are looking for a long-term solution to issues with your teeth and would like to take steps towards restoring their normal function then dental implants in Derby may be for you.

dental-implants-derbyWith the right treatment, you will be able to bite, chew and eat a wide range of foods and go a long way towards matching the quality of life you can enjoy with natural teeth. Treatments are available at our practice in Derby. Dental implants can lead to no longer having to use a bridge or dentures.They can also have a positive impact on the look and shape of the face and give you the freedom to smile with confidence.

Why choose Dove Dental?

At Dove Dental, we recognise that everyone is different and requires tailored care and we are used to providing this across a wide range of dental treatments. Each person has different needs when it comes to dental implants and we find and meet those needs in partnership with you.

Our team has many years of experience to draw on both here in Derby and in a wide range of other locations – we believe this means we can bring you a high level of individualised care.

At our practice in Derby, dental implants are designed to last and to have tangible life benefits and so we want to make sure that your experience, both during the treatment and ongoing, is of the highest standard.

How does the process work?

You will be given an initial consultation to hear your needs and to check suitability for implants. The whole process can take a few months depending on the number of teeth and the current condition of your jaw and mouth. However, once the implants are being fitted, it is a relatively quick and simple procedure which can be achieved either under sedation or not depending on your preference.

Afterwards you will need to  brush and care for your implants in the same way as normal teeth taking care to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene. We will be there to give you guidance, support and follow up appointments throughout this process.