Snoring and so-called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), where an individual stops breathing at night following an episode of loud snoring which repeats itself, is both a social and often a personal issue, that can interfere with reltatioships as well as a health concern for suffers.
Snoring is generally treated with little consideration for the patient, and the limited resources within the NHS stifles the required care and treatment of such patients. A recent study which included looking at review papers, concluded that maxillary-mandibular advancement, which means advancing the lower jaw with some other changes within the mouth, helps people with snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea to a significant degree. However this is an invasive procedure. A large group of patients who suffer from snoring can be treated with simple prosthetic devices such as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) with acceptable results. Of course, weight control, avoiding smoking and alcohol intake are important corner stones of treating someone with snoring and sleep apnoea, generally termed “Sleep disordered breathing”
London ENT Associates provide specialist services investigating snoring through an association with oral and maxillofacial surgeons, chest physicians and other healthcare professionals.