Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Treatment
Leichhardt Street Dental is able to provide dental appliances for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea or you are not sure where to start with treating your snoring we are able to help get you started.
Are you experiencing these side effects of snoring:
- Waking up tired
- Pressure on the relationship
- Separate bedrooms
- General Fatigue
Snoring can be hiding more serious health problems such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA occurs when your airway closes while you are asleep stopping you from breathing and creating restless sleep. This can happen hundreds of times during the night with each period of no breathing lasting between 10-60 seconds.
OSA is properly diagnosed generally by your GP ordering a sleep study, which can be done in your own home or in a sleep facility. The trigger for presenting to your GP is usually you noticing very low daytime energy levels and alertness and an increased likelihood of falling asleep in the day, or a partner complaining about your snoring.
Depending on the severity of the sleep apnoea it may be advised to use a CPAP machine or be fitted with a mandibular advancement splint. We are able to provide you with a mandibular advancement splint. Whilst there are many brands available on the internet, the most reputable brand is provided by Somnomed and is called the Somnodent. Other devices can cause you to simply become a mouth breather in an attempt to stop the snoring.
The Somnodent is designed to prevent this from occurring. It works by advancing your lower jaw into a comfortable forward position via incremental adjustments, which enables the airway behind the tongue to open up while you sleep. This should then effectively reduce snoring and sleep apnoea and allow a comfortable night’s sleep.