Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Quality Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Snoring and sleep apnoea can leave you craving a good night’s rest. With the right medical expertise and dental services, however, you can get the rest you need! At Melton Dental, we are committed to improving our patients’ quality of life with the best dental care services.
What causes snoring?
Affecting approximately 40% of the adult population, and more prevalent in men than women, snoring is caused by vibrations of the soft palate, uvula and base of tongue when one inhales. This could either be due to blockages, having a narrow airway or low muscle tone. While seemingly harmless, snoring can sometimes be a symptom of more serious health issues, which is why it’s important to always have this assessed by a professional, no matter your age.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is the absence or cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or longer while sleeping. We can break this down into three different variations:
- Central Apnoea- due to changes in the control centre of the brain
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)- characterized by repetitive episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the breathing airways.
- Mixed Apnoea- this is a combination of Central Apnoea and OSA.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?
- Tiredness on waking
- Sore/dry throat on waking
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Poor concentration
- Decreased job performance
- Memory deterioration
- Decreased sex drive or impotence
Do these symptoms feel familiar? We recommend getting a professional diagnosis if so!
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?
In obstructive sleep apnoea, the muscles that normally keep the airways open, relax and sag. In an attempt to overcome the obstruction the person breathes harder using the chest wall muscles and diaphragm but the harder the person tries to breathe, the more the walls of the airway collapse.
Health problems caused by sleep apnoea
It’s important to seek medical help for sleep apnoea because this, if left untreated, correlates with many health complications including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Weight Gain
How can we help with sleep apnoea?
Our dentists can spot the warning signs of sleep apnoea and make a referral for you to get a medical assessment. There are different plans available, including the use of a customized dental appliance called the Mandibular Advancement Splint.
This is a small device, much similar to that of a retainer or mouthguard, which individuals can wear during sleep. It works by gently bringing the lower jaw forward and preventing the soft tissue from collapsing and obstructing airflow. This is a non-invasive and pain-free approach that many people suffering from mild to moderate cases of OSA can consider.
Need help curbing your snoring or sleep apnoea? Our experienced dentists can spot the warning signs! Call Melton Dental Group for early intervention and the best dental care.