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How Liverpool Dental Spa can stop Snoring

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

If snoring is keeping you awake at night and you’re dreaming of a good night’s sleep, we may be able to help. At Liverpool Dental Spa, we have experience in treating patients who snore on a regular basis and we can help to bring peace back to your household.

Why do I snore?

You may not know that you snore, but it’s highly likely that others will tell you if you’re keeping them up. If you’re tired of getting a barrage of complaints every morning or you feel guilty about keeping your other half up, we may have just the solution. The noise you hear when you snore is caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat vibrating. In many cases, snoring occurs as a temporary effect of illness, for example when you have a cold, or when you change sleeping position. It’s very common to snore when you lie on your back, for example. Snoring can also be caused by drinking, as alcohol relaxes the muscles in the throat. Persistent snoring may be a side-effect of smoking and it is also linked to being overweight.

How we can help

If you’ve tried changing your sleeping position and you’re still snoring, we may recommend wearing a specially designed bite guard at night. This bite guard is a device, which helps to improve air flow while you sleep, increasing the amount of oxygen you take in. The appliance works by adjusting the position of the jaw, moving the lower jaw forward slightly to maximise oxygen uptake.

Our bite guards are designed for the individual and they’re comfortable to wear.

If snoring is getting you down or you live with a snorer and you can’t remember the last time you had a peaceful night, now is the time to get in touch! We might just be able to make sleepless nights a thing of the past.

How Liverpool Dental Spa can help you stop snoring

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

There’s nothing that can divide a household quite like snoring. If you’re a snorer and you’re tired of facing a barrage of complaints every morning or you live with a snorer and you long for peaceful nights again, you’ve come to the right place! At Liverpool Dental Spa, we understand the importance of getting enough sleep and hopefully, we’ll find a solution that will restore peace in no time at all.

What causes snoring?

Snoring is often linked to lifestyle factors, for example, your weight and how much you drink or smoke, but it can also be associated with your sleeping position, allergies and structural issues in the nose that affect oxygen flow. Snoring is not the same as sleep apnoea, but loud, persistent snoring is often a sign of sleep apnoea. The noise you hear when somebody snores is created by vibrations of the soft tissue at the back of the throat.

Tackling snoring

If you snore on a regular basis, it’s worth trying to make changes to your lifestyle and sleeping on your side rather than your back. If snoring persists, we can provide treatment in the form of a device, which is designed to push the lower jaw forward. The outcome of using a mandibular repositioning device is an open airway, which facilitates easy breathing while you sleep. The device isn’t painful or uncomfortable and all it does is open up the airway to enable more oxygen to flow into the body.

Are you struggling with snoring? Is it difficult to remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep? If snoring is causing you problems, now is the time to pick up the phone and give us a call! We’re here to help, and hopefully, you’ll be dreaming sweetly before you know it.

Did You Know Liverpool Dental Spa Can Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep too?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

At Liverpool Dental Spa, our team is famed for creating beautiful smiles, but this isn’t our only talent. Our experienced dental team can also help you tackle problems, including snoring. If you’re dreaming of a good night’s sleep, we can help! Whether you’ve been told that you snore or you’re desperate for your partner to get help so that you can enjoy some peace and quiet, we’ll do everything we can.

What causes snoring?

Snoring is very common. When somebody snores, the noises you hear are made by the vibrations of the soft tissue at the back of the mouth. Most commonly, people snore from time to time, usually when they’ve had a drink, they have a cold or they’re sleeping on their back. Intermittent snoring isn’t usually anything to worry about, but frequent snoring may be a sign of underlying issues, and it’s also not ideal for anyone who shares your room. Snoring can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, and more than a few days of missing out on good quality sleep can affect your mood, as well as your energy levels and your general health and wellbeing.

If you snore on a regular basis, this may be a result of smoking, being overweight, allergies or anatomical issues that prevent sufficient air flow. Snoring isn’t the same as sleep apnoea, but persistent snoring can be a sign of sleep apnoea.

How we can help

If you snore on a regular basis, it may be possible to reduce snoring by making some changes to your lifestyle. Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but it’s highly likely that it would benefit you if you do snore. It can also be helpful to avoid drinking alcohol in the evenings, to exercise regularly and to try sleeping on your side.

We can also provide our patients with a custom-made appliance, which is designed to increase air flow while you sleep. Using a bite guard prevents snoring by pushing the lower jaw forward slightly. You won’t feel uncomfortable when your bite guard is in position, and it will help you and your partner to sleep better.

If you’re concerned about snoring or you’re keen to restore peace at home, why not call us and book an appointment today?

How to Stop Snoring and Sleep Peacefully

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Is your partner at the end of their tether? Has snoring become an issue that you’re constantly arguing about, or is your household desperate for a peaceful night’s sleep? Snoring often has a greater impact on your partner, but that doesn’t stop it affecting you. You may not even know that you snore, but that won’t stop you from feeling guilty when your other half is awake all night. If you’re keen to restore peace to your household, here are some ways we can help.

What causes snoring?

Many people find that they snore when they have a cough or a cold or after they’ve been drinking. It’s also more common to snore when you sleep on your back rather than your side. If you snore from time to time, this is perfectly normal, but if snoring is persistent, this can be a sign that your body is struggling to get enough oxygen while you’re asleep. Being overweight, smoking and allergies can all increase the risk of frequent snoring.

How can we help you?

You may think it’s odd to seek advice from a dentist if you snore, but we are experts in treating snoring and we can help you to get back on track and enable your other half to get that uninterrupted sleep they crave. We treat snoring by providing you with a custom-made bite guard, which is designed to increase air flow while you sleep by opening up the airway. It does this by moving the lower jaw forward slightly and holding it in this position. The bite guard is made to fit your mouth, and you shouldn’t find it uncomfortable.

If snoring is making life at home a misery, now is the time to give us a call. We are here to help and hopefully, we’ll have you sleeping soundly in no time at all!

How We Can Help You Stop Snoring

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Are you kept awake at night by your partner snoring? Do you struggle to remember the last time you had an unbroken night’s sleep? Or are you the snorer desperate to find a solution so that peace and harmony can be restored to the household? If snoring is a problem, we can help.

Why do people snore?

When you snore, the noise that other people hear is made by the soft tissue at the back of the throat vibrating. In many cases, people snore on a temporary basis, and this is often linked to your sleeping position, illnesses like coughs and colds, and allergies. It’s also very common to snore after drinking, as alcohol causes the muscles in the throat to relax. In the long-term, persistent snoring may be linked to being overweight or smoking. Snoring is not the same as sleep apnoea, but people who have sleep apnoea often snore as a result of breathing difficulties.

Solving the snoring problem

Snoring may not affect you, as you may be completely unaware that you do it. But it’s likely to take its toll on anyone you share your room with. If you snore, it can wake your partner up or make it difficult for them to drift off to sleep. Sleepless nights cause irritability, and you may find yourself arguing more than often. We recommend using a specially made bite guard to solve the snoring problem. Bite guards help to adjust the position of the jaw slightly, which opens up the airway when you sleep. This increases oxygen flow, and should stop you from snoring.

If you’d like to find out more about snoring remedies, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We could have you sleeping soundly in no time at all.

Sort Your Sleep Apnoea in Time for a Silent Christmas Night!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

We all need our sleep. If snoring or sleep apnoea are keeping you awake at night, we can help. Call us now, and hopefully we’ll have you sleeping peacefully in perfect time for silent Christmas nights.

What is sleep apnoea and what causes it?

Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which affects your breathing while you’re asleep. The term apnoea means that your breathing is restricted for episodes that last at least 10 seconds. In the most serious cases, sleep apnoea can be life-threatening. Snoring and sleep apnoea are the not the same. However, persistent snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnoea.

In many cases, sleep apnoea is associated with being overweight. This reduces oxygen flow because the airways are constricted. Smoking and other respiratory illnesses can also increase the risk of sleep apnoea. In some cases, symptoms may be exacerbated by lying in certain positons, usually on your back, and drinking alcohol.

How can dentists help?

You may think of going to the dentist if you’re having trouble sleeping. However, we can offer effective treatments for sleep apnoea and snoring. We provide custom-made bite guards, which can help to eliminate the symptoms of breathing troubles. The aim of the bite guard is to increase oxygen flow by opening up the airways. As the bite guard is made to fit you, you should find it very comfortable, and it should improve your sleep quality and that of those around you.

If you’re keen to restore peaceful nights to your household, now is the time to get in touch. Our expert dentists are ready and waiting to help. Don’t let sleepless nights ruin your Christmas!

Advice on Sleep Apnoea

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Sleep apnoea is a condition that affects about one and half percent of British women and three and a half percent of British men.  It is most prevalent in those over 40 years old.  It involves the relaxation of your throat muscles during sleep, which blocks the airways briefly.

If oxygen suddenly cannot reach the brain, then the brain sends a signal to your body to wake up, so sleep apnoea sufferers have very disrupted sleeping patterns. Experiencing sleep apnoea and the resulting disruptions to sleep can make life rather difficult for sufferers. Drowsiness during the day because of insufficient sleep can slow down reaction times and sleep apnoea patients are actually more likely to be involved in car accidents.  The hypertension that can be brought on by sleep apnoea can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

High risk categories include people who are overweight and smokers. Drinking alcohol before sleep can increase the chance of sleep apnoea, as can the use of sleeping pills and other sedatives.  Hormonal changes can lead to sleep apnoea too. Some studies have shown that the condition runs in families.

Because your dentist has access to the tongue and soft palate, which are involved in sleep apnoea, he or she can help to diagnose the condition.  You might be prescribed a mask which initiates continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to make sure than oxygen steadily flows to your lungs during the night.  These can be difficult for some patients to wear and hard to get used to but they are a better guarantee than the smaller inter oral devices (IOD).

Overcoming Sleep Apnoea

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Sleep apnoea is a condition that affects a person’s breathing while they sleep and results in pauses in the natural breathing pattern.

There are three different types of sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea is the most common form and happens when the soft tissue at the back of a person’s throat relaxes while they sleep, blocking their airway. The second type is central sleep apnoea, which involves your central nervous system and happens when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. The third form is complex sleep apnoea, which is a combination of the first two forms.

Sleep apnoea can be caused by a number of different things such as your weight, genetics, gender, age or whether you’re a smoker. If left untreated sleep apnoea can result in sleep deprivation, fatigue, poor reflexes and poor concentration and can even lead to more serious problems such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes and high blood pressure.

However, your dentist can help you with the issue of sleep apnoea. Dental devices are available from your dentist to help you breath. These either fit into your mouth like a mouth guard or fit around your head and chin, to help re-position your lower jaw. The two most common of these dental devices are the tongue retaining device and the mandibular re-positioning device, which both open your airways by bringing either the tongue or lower jaw forward while you sleep.

Always remember to have any of these dental devices fitted by a practitioner who practices in the area of sleep apnoea, as if they aren’t fitted correctly they can result in nausea, soreness or even permanent re-positioning of the teeth, jaw and mouth. Also remember to go to your dentist for regular check-ups, so they can adjust the mouthpiece if it needs it and monitor any potential side effects.

Sound Solutions to Sleep Problems

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Nothing makes for a worse start to the day than an interrupted night of sleep and we are here to help ease your sleep woes and ensure you can enjoy restful nights, every night.

Sleep and dental health

Often, sleep issues are linked to stress and anxiety and these can take their toll on your dental health as well. Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is commonly associated with stress and many people find that they clench their teeth together in their sleep when they are under pressure at work, have an important meeting or interviews coming up or are facing stressful times in their relationships. Tooth grinding is a subconscious action and it occurs during the night when you sleep. The most common signs of tooth grinding include headaches and earaches, usually in the morning, jaw pain and stiffness and increased tension in and around the muscles in the jaw. There is also a danger of damage and wear to the teeth, which occurs as a result of the top and bottom rows of teeth clashing against each other.


Snoring is another common cause of interrupted sleep and it can really take its toll if you find yourself lying awake and listening to the sound of somebody snoring every night. Snoring occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the mouth vibrates and is linked to being overweight, smoking, drinking alcohol and sleeping position. Many people also snore temporarily when they have a cough or cold and are feeling congested.

How we can help

If bruxism is identified as a possible cause of disturbed sleep, we can help by providing patients with a custom-made bite guard, which sits over the teeth and prevents contact between the upper and lower arches. We can also offer advice about dealing with stress and anxiety.

For snoring, we can provide an appliance that helps to hold the jaw in a forward position. This ensures that the airways remain open while you sleep. We can also offer advice about healthy lifestyle choices that may help to prevent snoring.

Sleep Peacefully Following Our Sleep Apnoea Advice

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Losing sleep can leave you feeling tired, drained and lethargic. If you suffer from disturbed sleep as a result of snoring or sleep apnoea, Liverpool Dental Spa are here to help. We aim to enable you to enjoy a good night’s sleep in no time, so that your start every day feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy the day ahead.

What is Sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder that affects breathing while you sleep. Apnoea causes breathing to be interrupted while you sleep and this is caused by the muscles in the throat relaxing to obstruct the airway. Severe cases of sleep apnoea can be extremely dangerous and it is important that this disorder is managed very carefully.

The major risk factors for Sleep apnoea include obesity, taking certain types of medication, smoking and drinking alcohol. Sleep apnoea is most common in men aged between 30 and 60 years old.

How can we help?

We provide advice about coping with and managing snoring and sleep apnoea and we are able to offer information to help patients enjoy a better night’s sleep. Many of the risk factors for sleep apnoea are related to lifestyle factors and choices and we can help patients to make healthy choices to boost their general health and reduce the risk of sleep apnoea.

We offer advice about quitting smoking, diet and nutrition and we can also help with relieving stress, which may be linked to snoring.

If you have sleeping woes, call us and arrange a consultation. We can help to get your sleeping back on track.


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