Snoring and Sleep Apnea
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused by a partial closure of your airway during sleep due to a relaxation of the muscles in your neck. The soft tissue then vibrates to cause the sound of snoring.
What increases the chances of me being a snorer?
Physiology - Some people are more likely to snore due to their physiology.
Sex - Men tend to put on upper body weight and therefore have more soft tissue around the neck. This makes men more prone to snoring.
Weight - If you are overweight then you will have more soft tissue around your neck which will increase the chance of snoring.
Age - As we age, or muscles become weaker – this can lead to weaker throat muscles.
Lifestyle - Some people snore after drinking alcohol or taking sleeping tablets. This causes additional relaxation of muscles in the neck and throat.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?
Some snorers 'stop snoring' and also 'stop breathing' only to 'start snoring and breathing' again a few seconds later, often accompanied by a choke, or gasp or snort – this is an indication that the snorer has OSA. Every time we stop breathing, known as "Apnoea", our bodies are starved of oxygen. Our brain instructs our body to partially awaken by releasing adrenalin. Most OSA victims have no memory of this all night, life and death struggle for oxygen. OSA robs its sufferers of restful sleep, leaving them tired, sleepy and exhausted during the day as well as contributing to many other health problems.
How can you determine the severity of OSA?
Sleep Study is the only way to determine the severity of OSA.
We will refer you to a sleep study technician.
How is my health and lifestyle affected?
Snoring has an immense impact on the health and quality of life for the snorer, their partners and family. The lack of sleep caused by snoring has wide reaching effects such as:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Poor motivation
- High stress levels
- Lack of energy
- Driving while tired
- Less effective at work
In addition, snoring and especially OSA contribute to other serious health and lifestyle issues:
- Increased blood pressure/ hypertension
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Poor relationship with partner.
Treatment options for managing Snoring and Sleep Apnea
For those who suffer with mild to moderate sleep apnoea, treatment may be a dental device such as a mandibular advancement device/splint (MAD or MAS).
Our recommended Oral Device is, SomnoDent - effective for treating mild to moderate sleep Apnoea. This device is worn while you sleep and works to open your airway by bringing the lower jaw, tongue and associated soft tissue forward stopping it from collapsing during sleep.
This appliance maintains the patency of your airway and thus greatly reduces or eliminates the snoring and apnoeic events.
There are a number of devices to suit your needs from Somnodent when it comes to managing your snoring and sleep apnea.