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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Solutions

If you’ve ever tried to sleep alongside a snoring partner, you’ll know that not only can it result in a poor night’s sleep; it can also put a strain on your relationship. According to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation(+), approximately 15% of adults are regular snorers , with middle-aged men being in the highest risk category for snoring.

At Parramatta Green Dental, we can provide solutions to tackle your snoring and help you – and your partner – get some proper sleep.

What Causes Snoring?

Woman with pillow over her ears next to man snoringSnoring occurs when the back part of your throat, called the pharynx, vibrates when you sleep. During the day, the muscles of the pharynx hold it open, but at night these muscles relax, narrowing the airway and allowing it to vibrate. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.

There are many factors that can contribute to the likelihood of snoring, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Sleeping on your back
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Blockage of the nasal passages caused by cold, flu or allergies
  • Medications which relax the muscles of the throat, such as sleeping tablets, oral steroids or anaesthetic drugs

If you or your partner is experiencing disrupted sleep due to snoring, you should consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment approach.

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a severe form of snoring that is caused by the partial or complete obstruction of the airway during sleep, causing you to stop breathing for short periods of time. If you have sleep apnea, you may find yourself waking up many times during the night, sometimes gasping or choking.

People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea often complain of tiredness and poor concentration, however it is also associated with increased risk of blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, depression and accidents. Children with enlarged tonsils may also be at increased risk of OSA.

There are a number of available treatments for OSA, so it is best to speak to your physician for advice.

Treatments for Snoring

At Parramatta Green Dental, we are able to fit suitable patients with an oral device – called a Mandibular Advancement Device – to help reduce or prevent snoring.

The custom fitted device works by holding the jaw forward during the night to keep the airway open. The device is worn like a mouth guard over both sets of teeth, and is particularly effective for snoring and mild forms of sleep apnea.

Want to Learn More?

Speak to one of our expert dentists to discuss possible solutions for your problem snoring.
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(+) https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/snoring.html

* Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


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