Snoring is a common problem which affects many as they sleep. It can not only be completely exhausting for the person that snores due to the inability to get a proper night’s sleep but it is just as bad for the person sleeping next to them. It is caused when the lower jaw relaxes and the soft structures of the throat and mouth drift backwards.
This restricts the airway and creates the fluttering sounds as you continue to breath. Snoring affects approximately 40% of the adult population; it is more prevalent in men than women and has been recorded up to 90 decibels, similar to a model aeroplane! Funny as this may sound, it is no joking matter. One of the major concerns with snoring is the direct association with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
Why should I be worried:
If you have OSA, you are more likely to have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease than someone without sleep apnoea. There is also evidence that having sleep apnoea may increase the risk of diabetes, heart attack or a stroke.
Sleep apnoea causes motor vehicle accidents
People with sleep apnoea are approximately two and half times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident than others. Additionally, if your job involves operating machinery or transport, the risk of accidents becomes high.
How is it treated:
The majority of the cases are treated with either CPAP or an oral appliance. The oral appliance works best for patient with mild to moderate sleep apnoea. Many patient find an oral appliance is much easier to wear and less intrusive at night-time compared to the CPAP. If you decide on an oral appliance, your sleep specialist will refer you to one of our dentist who specialises in the treatment of sleep apnoea. You will continue to be looked after by both the sleep specialist and your dentist.