Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Appliance Therapy
More common than sometimes thought, snoring and sleep apnoea are major sources of concern for some patients. This affliction affects their quality of life, as well as that of their partner.
In Australia, it is estimated more than 60% of adults snore occasionally and 30% snore regularly. Sleep apnoea occurs in about 10% of females and 25% of males.
Snoring occurs when air does not flow smoothly through the air passages. The soft tissue at the back of the throat vibrates during sleep, causing the snoring noise. Sleep apnoea is when there is a missed breath or the soft tissue blocks the airway. It can cause a reduction of oxygen in the blood, causing the person to wake several times per night. Poor quality of sleep leads to drowsiness and lack of concentration during the day. Snoring and sleep apnoea can be associated with long-term health problems, such as increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
A consultation with a specialist Sleep Physician is recommended if these symptoms are affecting your lifestyle. After a referral from your Sleep Physician, Best St Dental dentists are able to construct oral appliances, for the treatment of snoring or sleep apnoea, which are an alternative to CPAP machines.
Call us today for more information about snoring and sleep apnoea or to make an appointment.