Snoring & Sleep Apnoea


Snoring and sleep apnoea can be very problematic for some people and have a negative impact on their daily lives.
Here at the Essex Smile Centre we can offer patients a range of highly effective anti-snoring dental appliances that can be used to treat sleep apnoea and snoring.


Sleep apnoea is a common but potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts again as they sleep. Most people aren’t actually aware that these short pauses can occur hundreds of time a night but can often feel lethargic, exhausted and lacking mental sharpness during the day despite a full night’s sleep.

There are 3 main types of sleep apnoea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

This is the more common type of sleep apnoea and is caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat which relaxes during sleep, blocking the airway and resulting in loud snoring.

Central Sleep Apnoea

This less common type of sleep apnoea is more complicated and occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. People with this type of sleep apnoea rarely snore.

Complex Sleep Apnoea

This complex sleep apnoea syndrome is the combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea has been linked to memory problems, tiredness, depression, high blood pressure and strain on the heart which is why it is important to seek help if you suspect you may be suffering from it.


There are links between sleep apnoea and snoring but they are not the same thing and it is important to try to recognise what category a person falls into. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea and not everyone who has sleep apnoea snores.

If it is just snoring then the chances are you will still maintain a reasonable amount and quality of sleep so are not affected during the day.

Those with suspected sleep apnoea can find it difficult to confirm as it happens obviously whilst they are sleeping so a partner or loved one can be crucial in ascertaining what is happening at night. Some of the warning signs of sleep apnoea include;

  • Sleepiness and extreme fatigue during the day
  • Nightly chronic / loud snoring
  • Gasping, choking, snorting in their sleep
  • Waking up short of breath
  • Breathing pauses
  • Waking up with a sore throat
  • Restless sleep, night-time waking’s, insomnia
  • Morning headaches

It can be helpful for those with suspected sleep apnoea to be recorded whilst they sleep and for those who share a bed to ask their partner to make note of any unusual breathing, gasping or choking that occurs.


Snoring is an underestimated problem often dismissed by many as being ‘normal’. But severe snoring and sleep apnoea can affect people in their daily lives – how they feel, how they perform at work, their health and their relationships.


Recent studies show the direct correlation between teeth grinding (bruxism) and sleep apnoea.  That is why as dentists we are the first port of call for detection, diagnosis and treatment.

At The Essex Smile Centre we are leading UK clinicians for Somnowell anti-snoring devices that can treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.

If you want to find out more about the different dental solutions available, or book a consultation, please get in touch.

The Somnowell Chrome

cost £1550.00

  • The world’s leading oral device for snoring, sleep apnoea, temporomandibular joint disorder, bruxism. THE GOLD STANDARD AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Tailor-made device individually designed by specialists
  • Best for oral hygiene, suitable for long term wear in the mouth
  • Made from ultra-resilient cast chrome cobalt alloy, outperforming all acrylic, plastic and thermoplastic devices
  • Thin small and discreet, the Somnowell is amazingly comfortable to wear at night
  • It works by preventing the lower jaw dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways – an effective stop snoring remedy

The Somnowell

cost £750.00

  • The Somnowell Clear is one of the most affordable alternatives to the Somnowell Chrome
  • It’s ideal for people who wish to trail an anti-snoring / sleep apnoea device before committing to Somnowell Chrome, as the cost of the clear appliance is less than the Chrome appliance
  • It will help you experience the life changing benefits that can occur when your snoring and sleep apnoea are controlled or manage


cost £495.00

  • Sleepwell prevents the lower jaw from dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways – an effective stop snoring remedy.
  • Sleepwell is a custom made mouth piece produced in a laboratory to fit your teeth
  • Unique features includes a soft inner lining which allows side to side movement of the lower jaw for maximum comfort and retention
  • The Sleepwell works by holding the bottom jaw in a slightly forward position. This action is similar to doing a chin lift in ‘First Aid’, by holding the bottom jaw forward by just a few millimetres allows the tongue to move forward and opens the airway significantly, allowing the passage of air more freely reducing snoring