60% of all men and 40% of all woman over 60 snore. For some, snoring is no more than an occasional, inconvenient habit. However, chronic, heavy snoring can be more serious. Simple snoring can disturb others and cause a dry mouth or sore throat. Heavy snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnoea, which can be associated with hypertension, stroke and other cardiopulmonary problems.

Is someone snoring in your house? People with untreated sleep apnoea stop breathing repeatedly during the night, often for a minute or longer. Snoring results from the vibration of the temporary relaxed muscles of the upper respiratory tracts. The soft parts of the palate and mucous membrane in the mouth throat area tremble. The tongue muscle which relax during sleep fall backwards and closes the throat - a breath standstill results.

What are the signs of sleep apnoea?

  • choking or interrupted breathing during sleep
  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • morning headaches
  • a strong urge to sleep during the day
  • jerking limb movements during sleep
  • awakening tired and thirsty
  • snoring

Sleep apnoea may cause the following:

  • daytime fatigue
  • memory impairment
  • poor work performance
  • loss of sexual interest

Intra-oral appliances can achieve a 90% reduction in snoring and up to a 50% reduction in Sleep Apnoea; results that are scientifically proven. Rather like a sports mouth guard in appearance, Mandibular Advancement Devices sound complicated, but actually provide a very simple solution to the problem of snoring. These devices increase the airway space by holding your lower jaw slightly forward, so that air velocity reduces, and with it snoring caused by soft tissue vibration. If you suffer from snoring, these devices can help you to have better health, and a deeper, more restful sleep.


A Denturist can fit you with an oral appliance specially designed to treat snoring and sleep apnoea. Oral appliances are small and easy to wear. They weigh only a couple of ounces, which makes them easy to travel with. In addition, they are relatively inexpensive when compared to other alternatives such as surgery and other drastic procedures. Furthermore, oral appliances are non-invasive, and non-surgical. Internationally it is reported that the custom fitting of oral appliances by a specially trained Denturist is simple and painless. Imagine the convenience of having a local Denturist to serve your needs?