Stop snoring and open your eyes to a better night’s sleep.
Being a snorer can feel both embarrassing and debilitating. Whether you’re exhausted from interrupted sleep, your partner is fed up or you’re stressed that you can’t find a cure; rather than smother the problem with a pillow, it’s time to #openup about what’s really going on and how you can get to the bottom of it.
What is snoring and sleep apnoea?
Snoring is quite simple – it’s noisy breathing. While you sleep, your throat muscles relax, your tongue falls backward and your throat becomes narrow and droopy. Then when you breathe in, the throat walls begin to vibrate, causing that deep rumbling sound likened to a chainsaw. The narrower it becomes, the louder you snore. However, when the throat walls collapse completely, you actually stop breathing in your sleep. This is a serious medical condition called sleep apnoea - so if you are waking feeling unrested or your partner notices an unusual sleeping breathing pattern, consult your GP.
How do I know if I have sleep apnoea?
While snoring is the more obvious sign of sleep apnoea it’s not the only symptom, also keep an eye out for:
Tiredness on waking
Gasping in your sleep
Sore or dry throat on waking
While you may only be snoring mildly, these symptoms could indicate you need to investigate potential sleep apnoea. To diagnose, your first point of call should be a sleep clinic for assessment. From there, we can see if our oral appliance therapy is suitable for you.
Sleep Apnoea Treatment:
Oral Appliance Therapy for snoring and sleep apnoea.
At Claremont Dental, we can help mild snoring and sleep apnoea with appliances commonly called Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS). The aim is to push your lower jaw forward, thereby opening up your airway and causing less obstruction on your airway. MAS looks like a mouth guard and is worn at night while you sleep. Before you go to bed, you simply put it in your mouth - there is no need to wear it during the day.