Sleep Apnoea & Snoring
Do you dream of having a good night’s sleep?
Would you like to wake up feeling refreshed and well rested? Has your partner complained about your snoring?
Sleep apnoea may be affecting you more than you realise.
These, along with tiredness and stress are some of many symptoms that coincide as a result of sleep apnoea.
If sleep apnoea and snoring are affecting your quality of sleep and daily life here’s a few reasons to call us.
Why Choose Us?
- We believe in and practice a holistic approach when diagnosing and treating sleep apnoea and snoring. This means taking a look at a number of different factors that could be a contributing factor including diet and allergies
- We have invested in a sleep machine to carry out sleep screenings, saving our patients time and allowing us to gather the necessary information to make an informed diagnosis
- We work with a team of trusted specialists who understand the relationship between the body and mouth
If you would like more information or to discuss what options are available to you call First Choice Dental on 02 4647 4570
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a condition in which breathing stops for periods of 10 seconds or longer and can interrupt the deep sleep that makes people feel rested.
When a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds, they have “apnoea.” OSAS, or obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, is one type of sleep apnoea.
Lack of adequate breath during sleep reduces airflow, causing the brain to tell the body to wake up and breathe. In some cases, sleep apnoea patients only move into a lighter stage of sleep, while other times, patients wake completely.
Sleep apnoea has a close association to snoring. The airway relaxes too much during sleep and vibrates, creating noise and causing an obstruction when air passes in and out.
What’s the Problem?
Many factors contribute to airway blockages, from the size of the oral and airway passages and structures, to the swelling of passageways or position of the tongue.
Disrupted deep sleep can affect a person’s mood, health, and cause daytime sleepiness. The added stress and fatigue can cause lack of concentration and loss of memory. This can lead to accidents in the workplace or while driving. Other health risks include high blood pressure and heart problems, and even a risk of premature death. The sleep apnoea patient’s snores can disturb a sleeping partner’s rest, too.
Non-Surgical Sleep Apnoea Therapies
Non-surgical dental appliances such as the Mandibular Advancement Splint - (MAS) have proven to be a second alternative to - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) that is a mask worn over nose and/or mouth which can deliver air to keep nasal passages open during sleep and in some cases is more effective than surgery for many sleep apnoea patients.
Mandibular Advancement Splint works by repositioning the tongue or mandible (lower jawbone). A Swedish study showed that MAS is actually more effective than surgical therapies. The same study stated that adverse health effects were rare.
According to experts, sleep apnoea is an under-diagnosed condition, and more men than women suffer.
If your sleeping partner says you snore or stop breathing while asleep, or if you experience daytime sleepiness, contact us for a consultation.
We will work closely with your sleep physician to achieve the best outcome.
It’s just another way your dentist can help you smile.