Sleep apnoea is a disorder caused when breathing is disrupted during sleep, either through a partial or total temporary cessation in the ability to breathe. The most common type of sleep apnoea is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, which arises when the tongue and throat tissues relax during sleep,
blocking the airway.
Sleep Apnoea can impact your health in many different ways:
poor memory are perhaps the least serious.
Research suggests that Sleep Apnoea may play a contributing factor in the development of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It is estimated that 60% of snorers also suffer from Sleep Apnoea. They may wake gasping or choking and experience poor quality sleep. Luckily Sleep
Apnoea is a treatable condition and for many patients this treatment may be as simple as wearing a dental appliance at night which is also effective for the treatment of snoring. Others require treatment with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine (CPAP). No one is too old or young to suffer from Sleep Apnoea . If you are a snorer, or suspect you or a loved one may be suffering with Sleep Apnoea , make an appointment for a sleep evaluation consult.
It could save your life. Depending on the diagnosis and severity of the condition, some treatments for snoring and OSA include the use of an oral appliance. Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a custom designed oral appliance, similar to an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard, that is worn during sleep. Here at wise Dental we use SOMNODENT appliance.
This appliance attempts to maintain an opened, unobstructed airway in the throat and may be used alone or in combination with other means of treating OSA. These means include general health, weight management, surgery, or CPAP. Oral appliances work in several ways:
Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
Stabilising the lower jaw and tongue
Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue
SOMNODENT appliances advantages
Comfortable for Patients – 88% of patients report regular use of their SomnoDent device. Patients can talk and open / close their mouths and lips while wearing the device.
High quality and customized using the highest quality acrylic which does not discolour or attract odours. Device life expectancy 3-5 years
Clinically Effective- 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality with SomnoDent.
Determination of proper therapy can only be made by joint consultation with your dentist and physician, and your dentist will continue to monitor your treatment and evaluate the response of your teeth and jaws.