Sleep Apnoea and Snoring Treatment
Dentists are the gatekeepers of the airway. The mouth is pivotal in how the airway operates. Size, shape and position of teeth and jaws have a significant impact on the efficiency of the airway.
When Snoring Is a Problem
Snoring is not a good sign and indicates trouble. It is the sound that air makes when restricted at the back of the throat. Often, patients who snore are unaware of the severity of their condition until a partner complains that it keeps them awake. Loud snoring can even cause partners to take refuge in different rooms, resulting in intimacy issues.
Specific risk factors and habits can lead to increased snoring and air restriction.
- Thick neck circumference
- Excess weight
- Alcohol use
- Certain drugs or medications
Choking and gasping during sleep are also signs of airway constriction and may be a sign of a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Accurate diagnosis requires a sleep study either in an overnight or at-home sleep study conducted by an accredited sleep specialist.
Men over 40 are most likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, but anyone can have it – even children. Sleep-disordered breathing is common, affecting one in five patients, and highly treatable.
If you do not receive a sleep apnoea diagnosis, but snoring is interfering with your partner’s sleep, oral appliance therapy provides snoring relief as well.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Inadequate oxygen during sleep leads to a number of severe health conditions.
- Weight gain and obesity
- Heart conditions
- Complications with diabetes
- Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression
- Increased ADHD symptoms
- Vehicle accidents due to fatigue
Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT)
If indicated, we can design and construct a customised sleep appliance that can greatly improve sleep quality. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy over CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) treatment, which requires the use of a machine and mask during sleep.
Oral sleep appliances are approved for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnoea and can be used in conjunction with CPAP treatment for severe sleep apnoea cases.
We use SomnoDent oral appliances, which are customisable to each individual’s physiological needs. Custom oral appliance therapy results in the best airway position throughout the night. COAT appliances are designed to gently reposition the tissue and anatomy at the back of the throat and open the airway for improved oxygen flow and unrestricted breathing.
Our patients enjoy the convenience that oral appliance therapy offers, making it easier to travel and more discreet than CPAP therapy.
Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Gladstone
Are you ready for a great night of sleep and to wake up feeling refreshed? Contact Fanelli Dental, and our team will help you regain the restorative sleep you need for a healthy mind, healthy body and higher quality of life.