If you have a partner who snores or you own breathing difficulties keep you from having a full nights sleep then we can help!
As a member of the British society of dental sleep medicine with an interest and training in sleep apnoea and oral appliances for snoring.
About 70% of people who regularly snore also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Soft tissues in the throat, including the tongue, collapse and fall against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and air flow stops, or is greatly reduced.
The classic picture of obstructive sleep apnea includes episodes of snoring that begin soon after falling asleep. The snoring proceeds at a regular pace for a period of time, often becoming louder, and for some people is interrupted by a long silent period during which little or no breathing is taking place (apnea). The apnea is then interrupted by a loud snort and gasp and the snoring returns to its regular pace. This behaviour recurs frequently throughout the night.
Symptoms that may be observed and experienced can include any of the following:
- Loud snoring
- Disturbances in breathing
- Pauses in breathing (apnea)
- Waking not rested and unrefreshed in the morning
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, including falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Morning headaches
- Recent weight gain
- Limited attention
- Memory loss
- Depression and mood changes
- Poor judgement
- Personality changes
- Sexual dysfunction
Based on over 40 years of published scientific studies, oral appliances are now designated by leading sleep medicine organisations as a key treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.
Oral appliances are now also regarded by sleep physicians as the best available treatment for snoring and a main treatment for sleep apnea. The appliances are made from thin yet high strength laminate hard soft materials, go over the tops of the teeth and are worn during sleep. At Prodenta we can assess you and let you know if this treatment can help you.