Redcliffe Dental

Snoring can affect anyone and most of us will snore from time to time. However, if you or your sleeping partner snores habitually then this habit can be extremely disruptive. Snoring is a cause for concern if breathing is interrupted for a few seconds and where sufferers normally restart breathing with a loud grasp or snort. This can be caused by a condition called sleep apnoea. Often people with this condition will feel persistently tired as sleep apnoea prevents deep, restive REM sleep. Sleep apnoea can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other medical problems Whether you just want to have relief from snoring or if you believe you have sleep apnea contact us  here at Redcliffe dental because we can help.

What Causes Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnea is obstruction of airflow during sleep. During sleep muscles of the throat and tongue can relax, allowing the airway to collapse inwards while the tongue can fall backwards into the airway—obstructing the flow of air. This condition can be worsened with the consumption of alcohol, use of sleeping pills and reduced muscle tone with age and being overweight or obese. Sleep apnoea can also be caused by large adenoids or large tonsils, or having a long soft palate or uvula.

How can dentists help with Sleep Apnoea and snoring?

Often sleep apnoea and snoring can be treated with a comfortable, custom-made oral appliance. This is designed to hold the lower jaw slightly forward, holding the airway open during sleep and preventing the tongue from falling backwards. An oral appliance is a scientifically proven effective method for the management of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea, allowing you and those closest to you to get a truly restful night’s sleep.

Oral appliance therapy may not be suitable for every case and results vary from individual to individual. We recommend you have a sleep study done with an appropriately qualified sleep physician or centre prior to commencing oral appliance therapy.