Fed up with broken sleep caused by snoring? How our dentists at Northern Beaches Dental can help!
Does your partner regularly banish you to the spare room for snoring? Are you fed up with waking up to a pounding headache and a sore throat?
Our dental team at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay can help!
While often thought of as little more than an annoyance, snoring can put serious pressure on, not only someone’s marriage, but also their health. Rather than a condition in itself, snoring is often a symptom of an untreated issue, that can have serious health implications if left untreated.
At Northern Beaches Dental, our team is experienced in helping snorers to stop interrupting their partner’s sleep, but also at helping diagnose the underlying problem. Based on the cause, our dentist in Mackay can provide a range of different treatment options, to help both you and your partner get that much needed slumber.
But how can our dentist in Mackay prevent and treat your snoring? Read on to find out!
What is snoring?
Aside from a loud noise heard in the middle of the night from your housemate or partner, what exactly is snoring?
Caused by soft tissues at the back of the throat, relaxation of lower jaw muscles (or both), snoring highlights an obstruction to the airway, which causes vibrations (snoring) as you breathe.
Typically, snoring is the result of alcohol consumption, having a cold, prescription sedatives, smoking or obstructive sleep apnoea.
When you visit our dentist in Mackay, they will perform an examination of your mouth and ask for a history of your lifestyle habits and any prescribed medication you are on.
It is important that when you are trying to combat snoring, you also visit your doctor, for a more rounded clinical approach.
If you are a smoker or drink excessive amounts of alcohol, our dental team will be able to offer you lifestyle advice which, once again, should also be supported by your doctor.
If you are not a smoker or drinker and do not take any prescription sedatives or medication, then our team will refer you for the next step in treatment. Please note, depending on the severity of your snoring and sleep deprivation, regardless of lifestyle choices, our team may still refer you for sleep studies.
Conducted at a nearby hospital, a sleep study allows a more in-depth analysis of how much your snoring is impacting your sleep. Such studies are also an easy way to diagnose conditions like obstructive sleep apnoea.
You will be required to wear electrodes on your head and will need to spend a night in a sleep lab. Not a great look, but afterwards our team will have a better idea of how to proceed with treatment.
For mild to moderate snoring and obstruction, our team can create a custom-fitted device, which will prevent your lower jaw from falling backward and obstructing your airway.
For more serious cases, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP machine, will need to be used to help relieve symptoms of sleep apnoea.
All dental treatments carry potential risks. This article is not a substitute for a check-up with your dental practitioner.