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Nervous Patients should fear no more!

Nervous patients are becoming more common. Whether it is fear from one aspect or the whole experience our dentists at High Oaks Dental are experienced in calming, safe techniques and pain-free dentistry to ensure all experiences are relaxed and enjoyable.

Now all nervous patients in St Albans can have high quality dentistry they deserve to maintain a healthy mouth and smile at our safe and relaxing practice.

Our dentists have treated countless anxious and phobic patients over the years and it is safe to say that no one is the same. Each patient has their own experiences and reasons for their anxiety. We work together to establish how to overcome these so you can be comfortable in the dental chair.

What to expect at your first dental visit?

At your initial visit we will discuss your dental issues, your expectations and briefly the services we offer which may help you to accept treatments. We then undertake a fully dental examination where we check you teeth, gums and soft tissues. We will likely take some x-rays to help in establishing if there are any problems. After this we will talk some more about the options available.

Treatment plans are bespoke for each patient, and during all treatments, the patient is in control during their treatment and the pace of their treatment.

Our practice has invested in all the latest equipment and communication tools to ensure our patients fully understand each aspect of their treatment and their treatment is pain-free and effective.

We hope you have found this informative, and gives you the confidence to visit one of our friendly team.

Remember the first visit is the first step towards a healthy mouth. And a healthy smile is a happy smile

For more information about our phobia certifications and reviews click here



5 Tips to Stop Snoring


What is snoring?

Snoring is a condition that can be a terrible problem in your life. It can cause issues within relationships as well as daytime tiredness for the snorer and their partner. Snoring can disrupt and affect the sufferer’s or partner’s lifestyle and ability to perform at work and socially.

Many snorers feel they have no option but to suffer, with no available treatments. This is not the case. Dr Shilan Shah at High Oaks Dental St Albans, has undergone further training to understand the causes, obstacles and seriousness of snoring and options to help treat or improve the condition which can have instant effects on the patient from their very first night.

We have outlined some information below to help with your understanding of snoring

What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused by partial closures of your airways due to relaxed muscles in your neck, seriously restricting the passage of air. Your body compensates for this by forcing air through. This causes vibrations of the soft tissues lining the airway which in turn generates the noise of snoring.

There are also several other possible reasons why people snore such as blocked or stuffy nose , sleeping on your back, sleeping with your mouth open or a deviated septum. In addition, other factors such as overeating, lack of exercise, smoking and excessive alcohol intake may contribute to snoring.

Is snoring serious?

Yes, it disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of appropriate rest. When snoring is severe, it can cause serious, long term health problems, including obstructive sleep apnoea.

There are 2 types of medical snoring conditions –

  • Snoring without sleep apnoea
  • Snoring with sleep apnoea (mild, moderate, severe)

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

When loud snoring is interrupted by frequent episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Serious episodes last more than ten seconds each and occur more than seven times per hour. Apnoea patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night. These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder.

The immediate effect of sleep apnoea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and keep his muscles tense in order to keep airflow to the lungs. Because the snorer does not get a good rest, he may be sleepy during the day, which impairs job performance and makes him a hazardous driver or equipment operator. After many years with this disorder, elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement may occur.

Self-Help for the Light Snorer

Adults who suffer from mild or occasional snoring should try the following self-help remedies: Adopt a healthy and athletic lifestyle to develop good muscle tone and lose weight.

  1. Avoid tranquillisers, sleeping pills, and antihistamines before bedtime.
  2. Avoid alcohol for at least four hours and heavy meals or snacks for three hours before retiring.
  3. Establish regular sleeping patterns
  4. Sleep on your side rather than your back.
  5. Tilt the head of your bed upwards four inches.

Remember, snoring means obstructed breathing, and obstruction can be serious. It’s not funny, and not hopeless.

Can heavy snoring be cured?

Snoring can be a treatable condition. Dr Shah spends time taking a thorough history and carrying out diagnostic tests as to the cause of your snoring. After this, we recommend the appropriate treatment.

We work closely with sleep specialists to ensure you receive the best quality of care to aid in the resolution of this condition

Possible treatments can include nasal decongestants, antihistamines or provision of an anti-snoring device. These devices are custom made for each individual patient. The process is very simple involving the dentist taking moulds of the upper and lower jaw. These moulds are then sent to our lab where the appliance is constructed. This appliance is custom made for you and is not one of the readily available “generic” devices, where one size fits all. You will wear it when you sleep and it positions the mandible in such a way that it promotes breathing through the nose and reduces the amount of obstruction caused by the soft palate encroaching on the airway. Most patients take very little time to get used to this with the benefits being evident after the first night.


The anti-snoring device we use is a patented design, and unlike many other devices has a strong body of evidence to support its use.

If you think you can benefit from our anti-snoring services please call us on 01727 893 430 to book a consultation with one of our dentists.

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