Snoring Treatment

If you’re ever baffled by the realisation, ‘I woke myself up with my snoring’? You may need to take action towards treatment. The cause of your disturbance of sleep isn’t because you were snoring, but because you stopped breathing.

Snoring and sleep apnoea don’t just affect your sleep. They can greatly impact your mood, health, energy, relationships and productivity. Negative effects on one or any combination of these aspects of life can greatly affect the quality you experience overall.

Additionally, deprivation of sleep can have a significant affect on your ability to focus and stay awake, which can result in possible accidents at your home, workplace or whilst driving.

St Lucia Dental uses snoring and sleep apnoea solutions that effectively help to improve your nightly rest.

Our treatment method; Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is used most commonly in conjunction with the Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) device. MASs have a high success rate, clinically proven toward effectively treating both snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. A MAS device is a custom-fitted oral appliance that you wear each night to get a peaceful and refreshing night’s sleep.

MASs are the more comfortable alternative, when compared to other devices, including Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines.

Benefits

Benefits toward use of the Mandibular Advancement Splint include:

  • Safe to use

  • Clinically proven effectiveness

  • Non-intrusive and pain free

  • Comfortable

  • Custom-fitted

  • Simple adjustment

  • Discreet and unobtrusive

  • Easily transportable

  • Cost effective

Procedure

The first step is to diagnose your sleep apnoea. This can be achieved two ways; conducting an in-house sleep study or by referring you to a sleep clinic. The sleep study will help identify the severity of your snoring as well whether you are affected by sleep apnoea (Over 10% of snorers have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea to a substantial degree.).

The next step is to utilise a multi-disciplinary team approach, this involves working with a network of sleep professionals including Ear, Nose and Throat specialists and respiratory physicians.

If a Mandibular Advancement Splint is required, we create and custom-fit the device.

Finally, you begin use of the oral appliance each night so that more airway space can be utilised while you sleep, to prevent the airway from collapsing.

FAQ’s

What exactly is a Mandibular Advancement Splint?

A Mandibular Advancement splint is an oral device which is custom-fitted to the individual user and is made up of two dental plates, similar to specially-fitted sports mouthguard.  The oral appliance is worn each night to ensure the increase of oxygen flow created by encouraging growth of the airways.

What are the health complications associated with snoring?

Incorrectly regarded as harmless, left untreated, snoring will worsen over time. This will lead to an increase in effects that will worsen over time and eventuate in the possibility of life-threatening conditions.

Modern evidence connects snoring with:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • High risk of stroke and sudden death

  • Cardiovascular disease

Loud snoring also causes deprivation to other individuals’ quality of sleep and can potentially manifest itself as problems within a relationship.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a serious medical condition that can lead and often result in life-threatening health conditions.

It is caused during sleep by your tongue falling back in your throat, obstructing the airway, reducing airflow and forcing you to gasp for air.

This constant obstruction cycle leads to a significant deterioration of your body, affecting your heart and brain.

What are the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

There are many known symptoms including:

  • Fatigue, tiredness and daytime drowsiness

  • Compromise to your immune system

  • Intermittent snoring

  • Gasping or choking during sleep

  • Constant easily disturbed sleep

  • Restless nights

  • Memory difficulties

  • Irritability and a ‘short fuse’

  • Headaches

  • High blood pressure

  • Teeth grinding

  • Bed wetting (in children)

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Decreased sexual drive

  • Weight gain

Wondering how to stop snoring?

St Lucia Dental provides sophisticated and accurate diagnostic technology to provide effective results-focused treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea, based on your individual diagnostic needs.

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