Snoring is No Laughing Matter

Snoring It is often the subject of humour, distress, divorce and debate. It can test even the strongest relationship. Have you notices that the person who snores the loudest always falls asleep first.

This is a very common problem and it can have adverse affects on our mood, our health and disrupting sleep for you and your loved one.
The following conditions can affect the airway and cause snoring:
  • Your mouth anatomy. Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. …
  • Alcohol consumption. Snoring can also be brought on by consuming too much alcohol before bedtime. …
  • Nasal problems. …
  • Sleep deprivation. …
  • Sleep position.

There are many old wives tales to “cure” snoring. Sew tennis balls into the back of your top is a notable one. While this may sound absurd, the thinking behind it makes sense as you wont lie on your back with tennis balls digging into you. This position is most prevalent in creating the snoring sound.

Top Ten Old Wives Tales

a)      Sew a pocket in the back of your pyjamas and insert a tennis ball

b)      Drink a mug of hot milk before bed to coat the throat

c)      Eat a teaspoon of horseradish  to clear the nasal passages

d)     Gargle with garlic crushed in hot water

e)      Dr Flacks phonetic exercises to strengthen the muscles in upper airway

f)       Place a pan of hot water by bedside of the snorer to humidify the air

g)      Suck a dummy to keep the mouth closed

h)      Toothpaste on the nostrils

i)        When your partner snores rub their upper lip

j)        Sleep without a pillow

Castle Street Dental can not verify any of these treatments! 😀


The Science of Snoring

Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound. People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen. Please speak to your GP if you think this may be an issue for you.


So what can a Dentist do for snoring i hear you ask.

We at Castle Street Dental have had great success in the last 3 years treating patients for snoring. Patients that meet the criteria can be prescribed a Tap Device to wear at night.

The TAP® is part of the TAP family of appliances for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)* Must be assessed by a sleep specialist prior to treatment by us. Based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) was designed to keep the airway open to allow for air to pass. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring and OSA. The TAP device holds the lower jaw in a forward position, maintaining a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.


Each TAP device consists of an upper and lower tray that fit over the teeth. On the TAP, a hook mechanism attached to the upper tray fits into a socket attached to the lower tray and positions the lower jaw forward. Three hook sizes offer increased range of adjustment. An adjustment key enables the patient to adjust the protrusion of the lower jaw while wearing the device until a comfortable and effective position is achieved.


The Exciting Part.

Until 30th May 2018 we will be offering Free Consultations for treatment of snoring. Everyone who attends will be entered into a draw to win the treatment for FREE.

This is great prize for the right candidate and it is valued at €500.

Unfortunately not everyone is suitable to this treatment but we would be happy to assess you and make recommendation where necessary.


This device is contraindicated for patients with loose teeth, loose dental work,
dentures or other oral conditions which would be adversely affected by wearing
dental appliances.

In addition, the appliance is contraindicated for patients who
have central sleep apnea, severe respiratory disorders or are under 18 years of age.

For the people who are not suitable for this treatment we are also offering a prize.

Anti-Snore Wearable


About 70% of all people only snore when they sleep on their back. Moving to your side opens the airway. Our app detects snoring sounds and sends a signal to the Anti Snore Wearable, making it vibrate. You turn over to your side and the snoring stops.


This is valued at $99.00 and can be purchased here on amazon.

This has been tested by members of our Staff we won’t say who!! 😉

“I knew i was a grinder but i honestly didn’t think i snored. The App gives great insight to your sleep patterns. I put on the arm band as directed and off i went to sleep. I vaguely remember wakening and looking at my arm as the disc in the arm band had vibrated i just rolled over and went back to sleep. So it wasn’t a big inconvenience. I found my results interesting and it was funny to actually hear me snoring on the recording!!” Anon Staff Member

Feel free to call us on (0505) 23000 for more information.


  • Entrant must attend for a brief consultation about suitability for treatment and explanation of treatment to be entered into competition.
  • Entrant must not be contraindicated to treatment
  • Entrant must have good oral hygiene
  • Prize is non transferable and not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  •  You must be over 18 years of age and resident in Ireland to enter our competitions.