Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

Snore no more

The most common way to stop a snoring partner is with a poke in the ribs or shove of the shoulders.

Although snoring is common, it can also indicate the more serious condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) or sleep disordered breathing.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs when the soft tissue and muscles at the back of the throat responsible for keeping the airway open relax during sleep. This causes a blockage of the air passage and an obstruction of airflow. These non-breathing episodes can occur many times throughout the night.

The brain registers the person is not breathing, sends a signal to the throat muscles causing the snorer to jolt awake, breathe and fall back to sleep almost instantly, often with no recollection of waking.

A dental appliance may help to reposition the jaw, helping to open the air passage and make breathing during sleep easier.

For people diagnosed with severe OSA, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine is recommended as the most suitable treatment solution. This machine has a small air pump, a tube and facemask and is designed to pump a constant flow of low-pressure air into the throat.

If you or your partner snore or you notice they stop breathing during sleep, schedule a consultation appointment with the Inform Dental team. We can assess the positioning of the jaw while it is relaxed and determine if your OSA could potentially be resolved with the use of a sleep appliance.

Depending on your personal circumstances you may be referred to a sleep specialist.