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Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Snoring And Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

What Causes Snoring?

When you fall asleep, the muscles that control your tongue and throat relax, and the tissues at the back of your throat sag, making your airway narrower. The air you breathe then makes the soft tissues surrounding the throat vibrate – a sound we know as snoring.

Often, snoring is no greater a problem than the annoyance to the bed partner. However, consistently loud snoring could be a sign of a much more serious problem – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is when your relaxed muscles and sagging tissues actually block the airway so much that your body becomes starved of oxygen during sleep. When the brain detects the fall in the blood oxygen level it wakes the person up, often multiple times a night. Although OSA sufferers may experience hundreds of apnoea episodes per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. Often the person wakes up feeling tired and unrested, and remain lethargic throughout the day.
OSA is a serious health risk affecting approximately 1.2 million (one in twenty) Australians. It’s strongly tied to a number of other health issues in ways that are not yet fully clear.

- Regular snorers have a 33% increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Patients with OSA are four times more likely to have a heart attack.
- 40-80% of stroke sufferers also suffer from OSA.
There are a number of treatment options for Snoring and OSA, including:

- The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Apparatus (CPAP) – a facemask and ventilator machine combination.
- Corrective upper airway surgery.
- Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS), also known as Anti-Snoring Devices.

Our dentists at Hearts Dental are trained by Somnomed, the world leader in providing simple devices that treat obstructive sleep apnea - 9 out of 10 users say SomnoDent is comfortable to use. They sleep better at night, and so do their partners!

We highly recommend patients to undergo a sleep study prior to use of an anti-snoring MAS splint. We can liaise with your GP and sleep physicians to help you get better sleep at night and feel more energized during the day.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea and would like to seek sleep apnoea solutions other than CPAP, please send us a message using the contact form below.
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