Dental to stop snoring and sleep disfunction
A customised anti-snoring device is a cost-effective treatment for snoring or those who have difficulty breathing during sleep.
For diagnosis and eligibility, you will need to come into one of our clinics to consult with one of our dentists for an extensive examination.
Once our team has obtained an accurate impression of your teeth. An anti-snoring device is constructed specifically for you by a local dental laboratory.
Upon completion from our Australian based suppliers, a dentist will check the accuracy and comfort of the build.
The anti-snoring device aims to move the lower jaw forward, and the new position will increase the back airway space. Patients will need to wear the anti-snoring device during the nighttime and can take a few nights to get accustomed.
- Have you been told by your family or partner that you snore?
- Do you wake up with headaches?
- Do you feel tired throughout the day, even after what you think might have been a good night’s sleep?
- Do you often wake up with a dry or sore throat?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, then you may have breathing problems while you sleep. Depending on the diagnosis, this could be associated with “Obstructive Sleep Apnoea”.
After more extensive discussions with a dentist, the team at Amazing Smiles may help with your situation by prescribing oral appliances to assist with your breathing while you sleep.
Please note: Dentists can assist with different methods to help reduce sleep anpoea and snoring. It is recommended to seek qualified medical advice with your doctor to help manage your condition. Recommended treatment may vary depending upon your circumstances.
Sleep apnoea / Anti-snoring oral appliances available under prescription by Amazing Smiles dentists
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What is Sleep apnoea?
Millions of Australians suffer from sleep deprivation or sleep apnoea everyday and most are unaware that they have this problem. The sufferers have restless sleep, constantly waking up gasping for air because their airway is restricted and this is commonly due to snoring.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is the resulting sound coming from a restricted airway at the back of the throat. Most often it is an excess flap of tissue which narrows the airway and from each inhalation and expiration of air the tissue vibrates. Sometimes this tissue can completely shut the airway and no air can come in or out. The person would physically wake up to breath. This is called obstructive sleep apnoea. The person’s sleep pattern becomes erratic with body and brain striving to get enough oxygen. Detrimental health issues result over years of neglect
Patients who lives with condition will feel lethargy, in ability to concentrate during the day, tiredness and absent minded.
Snoring does not suggest sleep apnea all the time
Studies have indicated that an estimated 30%-50% of the population a susceptible to snoring. Inconsistent snoring, meaning random snoring on the odd night, can be attributed to social or lifestyle factors. To help identify if snoring can be linked to sleep apnoea, the following symptoms might be distinguished:
- Random pauses between snoring. This might include the sound of choking or “gasping” for air at varying times.
- Feeling tired, even after what could be a good nights sleep.
- Morning headaches.
- Moods that may include irritability or depression.
- Sore throat or dry mouth in the morning after waking up.
- Difficulties remaining asleep.
How do I know if I have it?
Some of the hallmark and signs
Patients who lives with condition will feel lethargy, in ability to concentrate during the day, tiredness and abscent minded.
Treatment for sleep apnoea.
The diagnosis and management of sleep apnoea is generally a team effort from health professionals. It starts with seeing your general medical practitioner who look at your overall health from weight to other medical issues. They may decide to refer to sleep clinic or other doctors to get more information.
Can reducing a person weight help?
This is first avenue of treatment where the doctor recommends the patient reduce their weight and help shrink the excess flappy tissue of the airway.
What is a CPAP machine?
After visiting a sleep clinic the health professional may recommend the patient to have a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.
The machine has a nasal mask hooked up by a long thin hose to a small compressor. A controlled amount of air is forced through the airway allowing a significant improvement in oxygen uptake.
Is Surgery an option?
Some patients may be referred to an external ear, nose and throat specialist by their medical practitioner for a surgical option to help increase the airway.
Sleep Apnoea QUIZ:
Do you have sleep apnoea?
Answering these simple questions may be the first step to a restful night’s sleep for you and your family. The problems listed here may appear suddenly or emerge over many years. It is possible that you are not even aware of them. We recommend that you discuss these questions with your family members and co-workers, as they may be the first to recognise these signs.
- I have been told that I snore.
- I have been told that I snore loudly, every night, in all positions.
- I have been told that I stop breathing while I sleep.
- I have jolted awake gasping for breath during the night.
- After a full night’s sleep, I still wake up feeling tired.
- I fall asleep at inappropriate times, for example, at work or behind the wheel of a car.
- I have trouble concentrating.
- I have become unusually forgetful.
- People say, or I feel, I have become uncharacteristically irritable, anxious or depressed.
- I often wake up with a headache.
- I have high blood pressure.
- I am overweight.
- I seem to have lost my sex drive.