Anti Snoring Sleep Apnoea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a relatively common condition where the
walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. This may lead to regular interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact on quality of life and increases the risk of developing certain conditions.
Why do we snore?
Snoring is the noise created by the partial closure of the airway, when air is restricted during breathing whilst asleep. Snoring is a condition that affects about 30% of us, rising to 60% as age increases. It may be no more problematic than the noise itself. The cause is varied, but even simple snoring has significant effects on quality of life for the snorer and those around them. At the least, it is socially embarrassing and can affect the quality of life for both the snorer and those around them.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea a serious medical condition where the airway totally closes many times during the night. This can significantly reduce oxygen levels in the body and interrupts sleep. Apnoea is linked to many health conditions from excessive daytime sleepiness, acid reflux and increased risk of high blood pressure, to more serious ones such as increase of incidence of stroke, heart attack, and diabetes.
What can we as dentists Offer?
Documented evidence exists that oral appliances have substantially reduced snoring and sleep apnoea for many people. Those diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnoea are better candidates for improvement with this therapy than those severely affected.
Since each person is different, and presents with unique circumstances, oral appliances will not reduce snoring and/or apnoea for everyone.
All patients should be properly assessed to determine whether they are simple snorers or may have apnoea. Some of our patients have been referred by a medical physician following diagnosis and sleep study. At the pre-treatment assessment here at Parkfield, we will assess the contributing factors to your snoring and discuss the options and likelihood of success of reducing or elimination of snoring or apnoea. The various different appliances and their suitability risks and benefits options will be discussed.
At a subsequent visit, the appliance you and your dentist have chosen will be fitted; instructions on use and care will be supplied.
If you would like more information please contact one of our care team who will be happy to help.