Sleep Apnoea / Snoring

If your partner has complained about your loud and excessive snoring it would be wise to investigate the cause. Do not ignore the warning signs. Regular, extreme snoring may be a sign that you suffer from sleep apnoea, a medical condition that affects the way you breathe while you’re asleep.

Sleep apnoea can cause your breathing to pause up to hundreds of times a night destroying your natural sleep rhythm and causing you to spend more time in light sleep and less in deep restorative sleep. This means you’ll be less energetic, less mentally sharp and less productive the next day.

The interruption to sleep can cause tiredness, irritability, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, headaches and a general feeling of being unwell.

There are many causes of snoring and a personalised examination at Manly Dental Care will help us assess your situation and prescribe treatment to best suit your needs.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnoea, occurs when the soft tissue and muscles in the back of your throat relax as you sleep, blocking your airway and causing you to snore loudly. Left untreated, OSA can lead to many serious health problems including cardiac arrhythmia and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

The good news is that at Manly Dental Care we design oral appliances, to bring the jaw forward and realign the soft palate. These are small and light weight and are made to fit exactly for each individual patient. When worn at night they can significantly reduce the level of snoring and relax the muscles of the chest wall.

It is worthwhile discussing with us the possibility of trying Oral Appliance Therapy at Manly Dental Care. For many of our patients and their families, it has brought welcome relief and significantly improved the quality of their lives.