Stop Snoring/Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea effects around 4% of the population on a regular basis which can affect any age group. Snoring is the primary cause of tiredness and usually effects a significant other which can place strain on this relationship and may affect your happiness. Snoring and sleep apnoea are also linked to greater health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

Snoring begins in the airway which moves from the tip of the nose to the back of the throat. When an obstruction is present in the airway, your breath becomes turbulent. Snoring results when this turbulence vibrates on the soft tissue in your mouth, nose or throat which causes that irritating snoring noise.

Obstructive sleep apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is more serious. The tongue and soft palette completely relaxes which causes their collapse on the back of the throat which then blocks the air flow. In more serious cases, patients can have trouble breathing completely. When the oxygen flow to the brain decreases or halts completely, the body triggers muscle spasms which causes you to awaken from a deep sleep, often not realising what has occurred.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Some of the signs of OSA include:

  • Awakening tired and thirsty
  • High levels of fatigue throughout the day
  • Irritable moods
  • Memory problems
  • The desire to take naps throughout the day

Although these side effects are minor OSA can lead to more problematic health issues such as a higher occurrence of heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and other problems. Our experienced staff at Metro Dental can help make OSA a distant memory. Using customised oral devices we can reposition the jaw, mouth and teeth in a way that prevents the blockage of the airway in a non-invasive way. This device is precisely fitted to ensure comfort throughout the night which aims to stop regular snoring and ensures a good, quite night’s sleep.

To discuss options regarding your sleeping patterns, snoring or possible OSA contact our helpful staff to organise an appointment.