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  • Somnodontics Snoring Test

    1. Firstly, relax and breathe in and out a couple of times.

    2. Now practise your very best snoring sounds. Lean your head back a little, open your mouth and snore - do your best impression of tractor or chainsaw noises!

    3. Now push your lower jaw forward into a stretched, but comfortable, position.

    4. Close your teeth together, hooking your lower front ones in front of your upper incisor teeth if possible.

    5. Holding that forward bite, relax and close your lips over your front teeth.

    6. Breathe gently in and out a few times through your nose, as you would if you were asleep.

    7. Now, try to make snoring sounds, remembering to keep your lips closed.

      Compare your breathing and snoring sounds now to when you first started.

    Most people who try this simple exercise find that breathing is much easier in this 'jaw-forward' position – it is difficult to snore loudly, if at all. Obviously, though, you can't sustain this position all night unaided, because while you’re asleep, you have no conscious control over your breathing or jaw posture. This is where oral appliances such as the SomnoSplint™ and SomnoDent® MAS have proven to be so effective.

    Discuss your best solution for SNORING & SLEEP APNEA with Dr Greg Reynolds - make your appointment.

  • Epworth Sleepiness Scale


    This test evaluates general levels of sleepiness and is commonly used to help assess sleep-disordered breathing like SNORING and SLEEP APNEA.

    How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations in contrast to just feeling tired? Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you.

    Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each occasion.

    • 0 would never doze
    • 1 slight chance of dozing
    • 2 moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 high chance of dozing
    SituationChance of Dozing
    Sitting and reading0123
    Watching TV0123
    Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. theatre, meeting)0123
    As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break0123
    Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit0123
    Sitting and talking to someone0123
    Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol0123
    In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic0123
      TOTAL _____/24

    [From Johns MW. Sleep 14:540–45]

    A score of 10 or more is considered to be abnormally sleepy and warrants further investigation by a professional trained in sleep medicine.

    Discuss your best solution for SNORING & SLEEP APNEA with Dr Greg Reynolds - make your appointment.