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Snore clinic

Snore clinic

According to the NHS, one in three of us suffers from poor sleep. There are several contributing factors to this such as stress, poor diet, the time we spend on technological devices, our busy lifestyles and workload. But did you know, our teeth could also be affecting our sleep quality? 

A good night’s sleep

At Harpenden Orthodontics, we have recently opened our sleep and anti-snoring clinic. Many of our patients who we treat for sleep and snoring issues also have orthodontic problems, commonly associated with their bite. This is also known as a malocclusion (bad bite). 

Malocclusions, such as narrow arches and Class II bites, restrict the tongue space. This causes breathing difficulty which in turn leads to snoring and thus poor sleep (either for the snorer or their partner!) 

Treatment from a specialist

Dr Pieter (Bob) Esterhuysen has studied under Professor Simon Ash, who invented the Somnowell anti-snoring device. Dr Esterhuysen is uniquely qualified to treat patients with this device and has personal experience of the dramatic improvement it can make on a patient.  

Anti-snoring consultation

Step 1

Your initial consultation with our snore master, Dr Pieter Esterhuysen, will take 45mins. This costs £90. 

Step 2

Your next appointment is to fit a temporary appliance to test whether you can sleep with it in. This takes 30mins and costs £45. The appliance is an additional £40. 

Step 3

At your follow up appointment, we use the temporary appliance to take impressions for your permanent device. We’ll discuss sleeping with it in and provide you with a quotation to have it made. We use the temporary appliance to take impressions for your permanent device. We’ll also schedule any future appointments you require. This consultation takes 30mins and costs £40. 

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Questionnaire for Sleeping Partner

Our snore master, Dr Pieter Esterhuysen, has achieved some fantastic results with patients. Read what they have had to say. 


Thank you for eberything you are doing in Maria’s treatment in such a short space of time, we are truly grateful, thank you.

Mrs and maria trueman

Smile 1

Thank you so much for the wonderful work that you have put into my treatment! Before I had braces I was very aware and self-conscious about smiling. I did not have nice teeth and would feel embarassed whenever I smiled. However, now that my treatment is finally finished I have the confidence to smile a huge smile. Although the process was quite long (because of the state of my teeth) it was definately well worth the wait.

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