Many people do not realise that snoring can be the cause of having a disrupted, unsatisfying sleep.
It is important to get the right amount of sleep each night to ensure that our bodies and minds feel fit and full of energy each day. Snoring can indicate that your airways are not opening properly whilst you are asleep, so not only is your snoring potentially keeping your loved one awake, but it could be causing you discomfort as well.
AtSpa Dental Sydney CBD in Sydney CBD it is easy to treat someone for both snoring related problems and sleep apnoea. There are a variety of mouthpieces available for patients to try. It is advisable to have a consultation first so your dental practitioner will be able to advise you on what type of mouthpiece is the most suitable for you. They will be able to clear up any queries you may have as well.
What are snoring and sleep apnoea?
Snoring is where your airways are not working quite as they should be. Minor problems with snoring could cause the patient to feel unrefreshed after a night’s sleep or to suffer from headaches. Some people will experience discomfort within their nose and the upper airways.
Sleep apnoea, or obstructive sleep apnoea, is slightly more serious than minor snoring problems. It is caused by the airways being blocked for prolonged periods of time during sleep, which can cause a multitude of problems. Your oxygen levels are likely to drop, and this can result in you feeling incredibly tired throughout the day. It is not unheard of for sleep apnoea to cause you to move abnormally during sleep, and it can also cause headaches and leave you feeling restless.
EDS, which stands for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, can be a result of suffering from sleep apnoea. This can be quite dangerous, as people can fall asleep unexpectedly, even if they are in the middle of carrying out a task such as driving. In addition to this, patients can suffer from an inability to concentrate, lack of memory and a general decline in the performance of their everyday jobs.
If you think you are suffering from sleep apnoea or snoring, make an appointment to see what treatments are available to you. Your dentist will be able to help you with your issues and get you on track to having not only a better night’s sleep, but a better quality of life too.
Different types of treatments
There is more than one kind of appliance that can be used to eradicate breathing problems, so it is suggested that you visit your dental practitioner, so they can advise you on which treatment would be most suitable.
TheDorsal Appliance is similar to a retainer in that it fits easily over your teeth when you are sleeping and does not restrict movement of your mouth. It helps to resolve snoring and sleep apnoea issues by keeping your airways open.
There are other appliances such as the MDSA Appliance, which is where a splint is used to hold your jaw and teeth in a fixed position. This can be used to treat moderate snoring and sleep apnoea problems. There are a multitude of options, so speaking to your dental professional will help you understand which option is the one for you.
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