Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Appliance

Snoring effects nearly half of all adults with mostly men being the ones who suffer more due to being overweight.  But snoring can be a sign of something more serious such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Symptoms of OSA can include the following:
  • Snoring
  • Pauses in breath during sleep
  • Waking up breathless or gasping/choking
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Moody and irritable
  • Headaches
  • Sleepiness & fatigue during the day
  • Frequent urination
  • Heart issues (blood pressure, stroke, cardiac issues)
Causes of OSA include the following:
  • Partial or full obstruction of airflow in the back of the nose and mouth. This area is a collapsible part of the airway where the airway in the upper throat strikes the tongue/soft palate and uvula which causes vibration during breathing.
Overweight or excessive throat tissue causing the airways to narrow.
  • Tonsils and adenoids
  • Poor muscle tone causing the tongue and throat to fall back into the airway. Alcohol and drugs can make this worse.
  • Obstructed nasal passages, damage or deformities to the nasal septum

Treatment options:
  • Seeing a ENT specialist (Ear, Nose and Throat)
  • Using a small device such as a nasal dilator Snore No More (sold in our clinic)
  • Custom fit oral appliances to reposition the jaw
  • Airway device CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure)
  • Healthy diet and exercise to reduce weight

If you would like to book in to have a discussion with our dentist, please contact us to schedule an appointment on (07) 33982255 or fill out your details to contact us.

Care 4 Teeth accepts all Australian Health Funds