Snoring is very common and it not only affects the person who snores but also his/her partner. This can lead to relationship problems, sleeping in separate bedrooms and even breakups.
Untreated or undiagnosed snoring with or without sleep apnoea can lead to all sorts of health problems due to lack of oxygen and lack of proper sleep, including severe heart problems. In very serious cases, this can even be fatal.
In the last few years, dentists have become widely recognized as very important "specialists" in the treatment of snoring and even sleep apnoea - to make anti-snoring oral appliances to move the lower jaw forward and in doing so opens the airway for normal breathing.
It is important to consult a dentist who understands and has an in depth understanding of this.
At TLC Dental, we understand what causes snoring. We understand the severe detrimental impact it can have on your health and, not to mention, the strain it can have on your relationship.
We also work very closely with a leading sleep clinic, making sure that the treatment that our patients receive is not only tailored perfectly to your specific problem, but also of the highest standard.
What Causes Snoring
Snoring occurs because the soft parts at the back of your throat are too relaxed. This causes them to vibrate while breathing and these vibrations result in the snoring sound.
There are several other factors that could cause or contribute to snoring:
- Extra - long soft tissue at the back of your throat sometimes called "little tongue". Because of its length, it vibrates more during deep sleep.
- Excessive alcohol may relax the soft tissues at the back of the throat.
- Excessive weight or a large neck may put pressure on your neck and airway passage.
- A naturally narrow airway.
- Age will cause reduced muscle tone and more relaxed soft tissues.
- Sleeping on your back encourages the muscles at the back of the throat to relax and obstruct the airway.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea will always involve snoring.
What is Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a very serious medical condition in which the airway is not just narrowed, as occurs with snoring. In this case the airway is totally blocked and breathing stops. The brain then realizes there is no oxygen and "wakes you up" momentarily. In severe cases of (OAS), this may occur up to 600 times a night.
Sleep Apnoea can cause severe medical problems including heart disease such as very high blood pressure, heart attack, and also stroke.
Sleep Apnoea Symptoms
How do you know if you have Sleep Apnoea?
- Always wake up feeling tired
- Feeling lethargic during the day
- Finding it difficult to concentrate and remember things
Visit us at TLC Dental and let us help you to understand what causes your snoring and how we can treat your problem. To find out more or to book a consultation, contact us on 02 8599 7107 or send us an e-mail.
How We Can Help
When a patient is referred to us for a snoring problem or sleep apnoea, we do not just construct an anti-snoring oral appliance and hope for the best. In fact, many patients are not even aware that they have sleep apnoea because the symptoms may be very subtle.
A full assessment is vital to establish a successful outcome. A few simple questions are often all that is needed to establish that there is a problem.
Once established, the first thing we will do is examine you fully and refer you to a reputable sleep clinic for a sleep apnoea test. This will determine whether you suffer from sleep apnoea, and if so, how severe it is. The results of the test will determine whether you are a suitable candidate to benefit from wearing an anti-snoring appliance called the Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS).
We will then take moulds and measurements in your mouth in order to have the MAS constructed by highly qualified technicians who specialize in this field. On completion we will check the fit of the MAS in the mouth and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that it is comfortable and working properly.
We will then have follow up visits to make any further adjustments if required.
TLC Dental offers medically sound tried and tested advice, and practical treatment solutions to help you to manage your snoring problem. To find out more or to book a consultation, contact us on 02 8599 7107 or send us an e-mail.
The Somnodent is a custom made oral sleep apnoea appliance. It is made up of an upper and separate lower plate, similar to mouthguards that fit perfectly together when the mouth is closed.
How Does Somnodent Work?
Using a titration key to adjust the upper plate, the lower jaw can be gradually moved forward comfortably to open the airway while you sleep. Best of all, treatment is reversible, and can even be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment.
Is Somnodent Comfortable To Wear?
It is non-restrictive and comfortable and allows complete free opening and closing movements of the upper and lower jaws, so you can even speak while it is in place.
How Do I Know Somnodent Is Right For Me?
We will confirm this and refer you for a sleep apnoea test. If you have mile to moderate sleep apnoea, the Somnodent will most likely be perfect for you.
TLC Dental offers to custom make the tried and tested, and arguably one of the most effective dental antisnoring applainces, the Somnodent antisnoring appliance for you. To find out more or to book a consultation, contact us on 02 8599 7107 or send us an e-mail.
TLC Dental offers tried and tested solutions for snoring problems which, believe it or not, may even help to save your life. To find out more or to book a consultation, contact us on 02 8599 7107 or send us an e-mail.
From the moment you walk in, TLC Dental will change your image of dental services.