Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Treatment.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is the noise made by breathing when the soft tissues at the back of the mouth relax, while sleeping, causing some obstruction of the airway – the noise itself is just the movement or vibrations of this soft tissue as air moves past the slightly collapsed soft tissue to the airway. It is surprisingly common, with more than 40% of the population being affected.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep Apnoea is where there is more collapse of the soft tissue, meaning that air is being partially or sometimes fully blocked, from entering the airway. This can cause dips in Oxygen levels and lead to poor sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnoea are: tiredness, snoring, sudden jolting movements while sleeping, headaches, depression and further knock on psychological issues.
What can be done for Snoring and/or Sleep Apnoea?
If you, or your partner, suffer from snoring then a first step would be to make an appointment to discuss the matter with your dentist who will go through signs and symptoms. The next step would be to go through a pre-treatment questionnaire and determine patient risk level for Sleep Apnoea.
If it is believed that you or your partner suffer from snoring related to mild – moderate sleep apnoea a Mandibular advancement splint (MAS) is likely to be recommended.
The Sleep well device is a MAS that has been clinically proven to be effective as a treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnoea, and the only one shown to be a clinically viable alternative to a CPAP machine. For this reason we only provide this type of MAS.
You can book for your free assessment appointment today with Dr Gwyneth Morris to further discuss any queries or initiate treatment.