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A condition that affects over 40% of the UK adult population, many people are unaware that there are viable dental solutions available for snoring.

  • Dental Sleep Medicine (Snoring and OSA)

    Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) are common sleep-related breathing disorders that can be extremely disruptive. Snoring affects just under half of the population and it disturbs the quality of sleep for all involved, leading to exhaustion, increased daytime stress, relationship issues and depression.

    Simple snoring results from partial closure of the airway when sleeping, and certain factors increase the likelihood of it happening, such as: weight, age, gender, alcohol consumption, smoking and sleeping position. Middle-aged males are three times more likely to suffer from snoring than their female counterparts. Simple oral appliances, such as Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS), can be used to reduce the frequency and loudness of snoring.

    Dental Sleep Medicine (Snoring & OSA)

Our clinician, Dylan Rakhra is qualified to offer the Sleepwell device, the most clinically proven MAS for the treatment of Snoring and Mild-Moderate OSA.

Snoring can also be indicative of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), which is when the airway closes during sleep - either partially or fully. The resulting waking or fragmented sleep can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, tiredness or fatigue and is associated with higher BMIs, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and other cardiac conditions. We will screen all patients who attend for snoring treatment, to assess their risk of suffering from OSA and will liaise with their GP.

The gold-standard treatment for OSA is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP); a machine that is worn on the face to keep the airway open, however, many who cannot tolerate this look to our Mandibular Advancement Splints. These devices work by holding the lower jaw in a forward position, to prevent it from dropping back in sleep and obstructing the airway.

Patients suffering from snoring and OSA often go untreated. What many patients are unaware of is that dentists can provide a clinically-proven solution to treat their snoring.

For more information on the treatment of snoring or OSA, please contact us on 01275 399845 or e-mail us at info@portisheaddentalpractice.co.uk.

Fee List

  • Consultation £60*
  • Total Cost from £750
  • *The cost of the initial consultation will be deducted from the cost of treatment.
  • Dylan Rakhra

    Associate Dentist
    BA (Hons) BDS MA (Hons) Bris. GDC No. 271172

    Dylan graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017. He currently works with us as an associate dentist after completing a NIHR-funded Academic Clinical Fellowship in Primary Care Dentistry. He has worked at Portishead Dental Practice since he qualified, with the rest of his time split between the Bristol Dental Hospital and the University of Bristol. Dylan holds a Bachelor's degree in Medical Humanities and a Master's degree in Philosophy and has a continued interest in the Philosophy of Illness, in which he has published multiple academic papers.

    Dylan has completed post-graduate training in dental sleep medicine can provide advice and help in treating both snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea with the provision of oral appliances, such as a mandibular advancement device. Day-to-day, Dylan strives to deliver high quality general dentistry with a particular interest in Endodontics (root canal therapy) and maintains a strong focus on preventative care.