Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Snoring and sleep apnoea can dramatically influence the health of you and your loved ones.
Snoring is caused by the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapsing during sleep, which causes vibrations when people breathe through their mouths. Snoring can be a symptom of a serious disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea
In addition to excessive sleepiness during the day, sufferers of sleep apnoea can experience a range of symptoms. These include memory loss, headaches, poor concentration, fatigue, insomnia and waking from sleep gasping for breath.
Serious Health Risks
Patients with OSA have an increased chance of suffering from heart problems, regardless of the severity of the disease, age or patient history of heart problems. Other health risks associated with OSA include depression, stroke and obesity.
Diagnosis of Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea is a serious condition and must be diagnosed by a sleep specialist to rule out any other conditions. This diagnosis generally involves an overnight sleep study known as a polysomnogram. This test charts brain waves, heart-beat, breathing and limb movement during sleep.
Although the gold standard for treating Sleep Apnoea is a CPAP machine, for those who are not compliant, Oral appliances help in management by addressing the physical issues that are preventing adequate airflow.
An oral appliance can:
- Reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula.
- Increase the muscle tone of the tongue.
- Stabilise the lower jaw and tongue.
At Northern Beaches Dental, we provide Somnodent oral appliances to comfortably treat snoring and sleep apnoea, allowing you to have a truly restful night’s sleep. We will liaise with your GP in the diagnosis and management.