Snoring & Sleep Apnoea
Do you or your partner snore?
Snoring is a common complaint and is a sign of airway obstruction. Snoring can be a source of great frustration for people sleeping close by and can disrupt the quality of sleep of the snorer, and others, leading to excessive daytime sleepiness.
Snoring can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea which is a serious medical disorder linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Take the self assessment for sleep disorders
Do you snore?
Do you have excessive daytime sleepiness?
Has anyone seen any disturbances to your breathing during sleep such as pauses, gasping, or choking?
Do you feel unrefreshed and tired in the morning even after a nights rest?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you may be suffering from more than just snoring, you may have obstructive sleep apnoea.
It is recommended you contact us for further assessment so we can get you on track to a snore-free sleep. If you would like more information on how we can help please book in for a consultation. In the meantime, below are some answers to common questions people have about snoring and sleep apnoea.
Recent guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (the peak body in the field) recognise dental sleep appliances as a frontline treatment for snoring and mild-to-moderate sleep apnoea. In severe cases of sleep apnoea, the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the optimal treatment, in which air pressure of adjustable intensity is delivered through a nasal mask worn during sleep.
However, many people find using a CPAP machine problematic. This is where dental sleep appliances are an excellent alternative therapy – for people with severe sleep apnoea when CPAP is not tolerated, or when having a machine is not possible i.e. travelling, camping, or no access to electricity.
Benefits of addressing snoring problems
You and your partner can look forward to a quieter night of sleep.
You wake up feeling more refreshed.
You experience improved quality of life and greater vitality.
Greater concentration and energy levels can lead to improved work performance.
For patients with sleep apnoea there is a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and blood pressure problems.