Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Snoring and sleep apnoea can dramatically influence the health of you and your loved ones.

Snoring is caused by the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapsing during sleep, which causes vibrations when people breathe through their mouths. Snoring can be a symptom of a serious disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

In addition to excessive sleepiness during the day, sufferers of sleep apnoea can experience a range of symptoms. These include memory loss, headaches, poor concentration, fatigue, insomnia and waking from sleep gasping for breath.

Serious Health Risks

Patients with OSA have an increased chance of suffering from heart problems, regardless of the severity of the disease, age or patient history of heart problems. Other health risks associated with OSA include depression, stroke and obesity.

Diagnosis of Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a serious condition and must be diagnosed by a sleep specialist to rule out any other conditions. This diagnosis generally involves an overnight sleep study known as a polysomnogram. This test charts brain waves, heart-beat, breathing and limb movement during sleep.

Oral Appliances

Oral appliances treat sleep apnoea by addressing the physical issues that are preventing adequate airflow.

An oral appliance can:

  • Reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula.
  • Increase the muscle tone of the tongue.
  • Stabilise the lower jaw and tongue.

At Northern Beaches Dental, we provide SomnoDent oral appliances to effectively treat snoring and sleep apnoea.