With around 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women suffering from snoring, it’s generally considered a bigger problem than many realise. While there’s the obvious problem of disturbing partners and loved ones from their sleep, there are also some serious health impacts to the person snoring.

Occasionally, snoring is entirely normal and besides disturbing those around you, it’s entirely harmless. However, if it happens night after night, it’s worth getting it checked, as it could be a symptom of a bigger problem and lead to further health risks, such as sleep apnoea, higher blood pressure, heart problems and more.


Snoring is caused by some sort of obstruction to your breathing while you’re asleep, although the obstruction itself can be difficult to pin down. It could be something as simple as the position you’re sleeping in, the result of drinking too much alcohol, or a physical problem such as the uvula (the dangling bit at the back of your mouth) blocking the airway.

The most common causes of snoring are the following:

A relaxed tongue or throat, leading to a full or partial airway blockage
Obstructed sinuses due to allergies or illness such as a cold or flu
Being overweight, resulting in tissue build up around the airways
Alcohol or overtiredness causing muscles around the airways to over-relax

While these are the most common, they are by no means the full story, so there may be some other reason for your snoring. Due to the number of possible causes, it’s worth visiting a dentist such as Dr. Edward Owens of the Beacon Dental Clinic based in Sandyford, Dublin who’ll be able to help stop your snoring.


Generally speaking, no. If it’s only an occasional thing, or a one-off, it’s not worth worrying about. However, snoring is a major symptom of sleep apnoea, which can be hazardous to your health.

Sleep apnoea prevents your body from getting the oxygen it needs when you’re asleep. This impacts the sleeping cycle, your blood, heart and brain functionality. While rarely fatal, sleep apnoea impacts your daily life as you’ll feel more tired, wake up with headaches and generally feel run down, with no visible cause.


While there are plenty of over-the-counter fixes to snoring, the results can be extremely inconsistent from person to person, as the root cause of your snoring in particular will be individual to you.

A dental care visit can help you identify what’s causing the problem and what sort of snoring treatment would be best to use; whether it’s over the counter treatments, a shift in sleeping positions using specialised pillows, or a change to your lifestyle. Generally, once the problem is identified, finding a way to stop your snoring is relatively easy.


Dental Sleep Medicine is an area of clinical expertise which focuses on the management of sleep related breathing disorders, including snoring, noisy disturbed sleep, sleep apnoea, CPAP intolerance and sleep bruxism (teeth grinding), with the design and fitting of customised oral / dental appliances.
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An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. The device fits similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and prevents the airway from collapsing by either supporting the tongue or jaw in a forward position, thereby opening the airway.

With a custom fitted oral appliance, we can help minimise or eliminate the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing. Sleep apnoea (in mild to moderate cases) including loud snoring, gasping and unpleasant noises.

The device can also act as an alternative treatment for patients (on medical advice only) who have been prescribed CPAP by their medical consultant, finding it difficult to adhere to this therapy for management of their sleep apnoea condition.

Oral appliances hold the lower jaw in a forward position, dilates the upper airway and preventing it from collapsing. This helps to:

  • eliminate or reduce snoring noise levels
  • improve sleep quality and general energy levels on wakening
  • treat sleep apnoea disease progression
  • improves bed partners sleep quality of life.

Read a testimonial from one of our clients:

I cannot recommend Beacon Dental enough. They literally changed my life. After years of attending a myriad of doctors trying to determine what was causing my symptoms, I finally stumbled across Dr. Edward Owens and the Beacon Dental Clinic and how they work with doctors, in their treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing conditions, through my dentist, during a routine dental check-up.

It never occurred to me that a Dental Clinic could help treat my sleep problem, but I am so glad that I was referred there. As a young guy in my early 20’s on a CPAP machine, being told that I would have to carry around my loud, noisy, heavy and awkward CPAP machine with me, just to sleep well, was so disappointing. I wanted to be free of being tethered to a face mask at night, so I could live my life the way any typical university student would. The custom robust oral device, designed and fitted by Dr Owens, at the Beacon Dental Clinic, gave me that freedom. The device is discreet, easy to care for, carry around and best of all, works!

I now wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, my mood, energy levels and health has improved drastically in the time since I started wearing it. I also have no more reports of loud snoring! Thank you to all the team at Beacon Dental Clinic, they are a shining example of how a clinic ought to be run. It’s also the little thing they do, like always knowing me by name and all the personal touches, which make all the difference. “

– Alan M

The Beacon Dental Clinic provide the following additional services

  • Referral from consultant led medical diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing, noisy loud snoring and suspected sleep apnoea.
  • CBT referral or medical advice for sleep disorder management.
  • Dietician and weight management referral if indicated.
  • Dental health care education.
  • Dental Hygienist service and dental health care education
  • Advanced restorative prosthodontic care
  • Routine in office dental healthcare

For further information on Sleep Apnoea Treatment, contact us today