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Snoring, Sleep Apnoea

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Snoring, Sleep Apnoea

Our dentists are trained in both Sleep Apnoea and Snoring treatment. We work closely with a sleep lab and respiratory physicians to assess and diagnose suspected sleep disorders and advise you on treatment that will best suit your needs.

Snoring is a breathing noise that occurs while someone is sleeping. The actual sound is produced when air makes the soft tissue in the throat vibrate because of an obstruction in the air passage. The sound of snoring occurs when the airway collapses and the muscles fail to maintain their normal function. It reduces the airflow to the lungs and then to the brain. Snoring can be a warning sign that normal breathing is not taking place during sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or you take shallow breaths while you sleep. The airway repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs. When this happens, you may snore loudly or make choking noises as you try to breathe. So despite your body’s effort to breathe, oxygen can no longer get to your brain. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night.

Consequences of not having sound sleep

Sleep apnoea can make you wake up in the morning feeling tired or not refreshed. During the day, you may feel fatigued, have difficulty concentrating or you may even unintentionally fall asleep. This is because your body is waking up numerous times throughout the night, even though you might not be conscious of each awakening.

This oxygen your body receives can have negative long-term consequences for your health. This includes:

High blood pressure
Heart disease
Stroke
Pre-diabetes and diabetes
Depression

What are Oral Appliances and how do they work?

Oral appliances or MAS devices are custom made devices that fit accurately over the upper and lower teeth. They are aimed at repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula in a forward direction. They help prevent collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat by stabilising the lower jaw and tongue and increasing the muscle tone of the tongue. These keep the airway open during sleep and promote adequate oxygen intake.

Who are oral sleep appliances suitable for?

Oral appliances are well suited for

Those diagnosed with a primary snoring or upper airways resistance syndrome

Those who have been diagnosed with a mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) who prefer it to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or unable to use positional therapy or weight loss to control their apnoea

Those with a diagnosis of severe OSA if they cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.

Oral Appliances can also be used in combination with CPAP therapy.

NOTE: Patients with severe OSA should always trial CPAP before considering oral appliance therapy. CPAP is the gold standard of treatment as it can reduce apnoeas to 0.

Our aim is to provide quality and professional dental care in an environment where you feel comfortable.

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