Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Melbourne VIC
Sleep apnoea and snoring is a common condition, but one which can have a great impact on daily life. Tiredness, poor concentration and decreased work performance can be indicators of the condition as it causes the sufferer to wake multiple times during the night, causing disrupted sleep. Often the individual will be unaware of the condition although snoring is frequently a warning sign for the development of sleep apnoea.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea occurs when the upper airway is closed off when the walls of the throat come together during sleep. This can stop breathing for 10 seconds to a full minute, until the brain registers a decrease in oxygen and sends a wakeup call throughout the body. This will cause the sleeper to snort or gasp and then fall back asleep without realising. This causes a great amount of disruption during sleep. With the frequent interruptions, this will leave those suffering from sleep apnoea tired, with limited concentration, and fatigue.
Causes of Sleep Apnoea
Sleep Apnoea can be caused by any number of factors some of the more common being alcohol consumption, certain illnesses, large tonsils, medication, nasal obstruction, and facial structure.
What is Snoring?
Snoring occurs when the muscles in the throat relax too much during sleep. This means that the muscles vibrate when air moves through, either in or out. Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnoea or any other kind of breathing disorders.
Causes of Snoring
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors. Some of these causes include allergies, nose deformity, being overweight, swelling of the roof of mouth and your sleep position. Sleeping on your back is more likely to induce snoring.
There are several different forms of treatment. Surgical correction is possible, but many are prescribed the use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure), which provides continuous air pumped into the nose or mouth during the night. However, some find the mask uncomfortable and we can offer an alternative dental solution.
A mandibular advancement splint is a custom made device similar to a mouthguard or retainer, which realigns your tongue and jaw to open your airway. The acrylic splint has become a popular option as it is easy to use and clean and is less disruptive than the CPAP mask. Since it is made to fit your unique mouth shape, we can adjust to ensure a snug fit.