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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Sleeping disorders affect both your quality of life and oral health. From snoring to teeth grinding, the symptoms often overlap one another and affect others around you.

If you or your partner has trouble with snoring or have a diagnosis of sleep apnoea, you may be a candidate for anti-snoring treatment using laser dentistry or sleep appliances.

How Snoring Occurs

Woman with pillow over ears next to man snoringWhen you snore, it means that air isn’t moving freely through your throat and nose as it should. The surrounding tissues then vibrate, which makes that snoring sound. If you snore, you may have too much nasal tissue or throat tissue that makes it more prone to vibrating. You may also have issues with the position of your tongue, which can cause trouble breathing. Snoring can occur for many different reasons, making it essential to understand the cause behind your snoring.

Once you have determined the cause, you can then benefit from the most appropriate form of treatment.

What Is Sleep Apnoea?

Snoring may indicate that you have sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is a serious disorder where your breathing is interrupted up to hundreds of times each night. It can drastically affect your quality of life, leaving you fatigued and sleepy all day. Some of the signs that you may have sleep apnoea include

  • Snoring loudly
  • Stopping breathing, gasping or choking during sleeping hours
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Extreme fatigue during the daytime

Our sleep dentists will screen for apnoea and work up a comprehensive plan based on their findings. An at-home sleep study may be needed. We’re proud to offer a number of solutions that may benefit you, including:

SomnoMed

The SomnoMed appliance is one type of oral sleep apnoea device that we offer in our practice. It’s designed for treating obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and can be used in combination with or independently of a CPAP machine.

SomnoMed helps treat the causes of mild to moderate OSA. We’ll communicate with your sleep physician to find the best course of therapy.

NightLase Anti-Snoring Treatment

Snoring is caused by vibrating tissues at the back of the mouth and upper airway. When enlarged tissues or restricted airflow are a concern, it’s possible to enlarge the area for improved breathing (and eliminating the source of snoring). NightLase uses cutting-edge laser technology to gently and safely treat symptoms of snoring. Intermittent touch-ups may be needed over time.

Our patients love having the option of NightLase treatment. There is no device worn during sleeping hours, and you won’t have to worry about taking any chemicals to find a resolution to your concerns. NightLase is a gentle, easy way for you to finally get the good night’s rest that you deserve.

Woman waking up with jaw pain

Nightguards and Bite Splints

Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) is a common side-effect of sleep apnoea. It can also be caused by stress. Wearing a bite splint trains your jaws to relax, providing buffer space between your teeth. Since teeth will wear down with overuse, a night guard is a smart investment to make in your smile.

Book a Screening Today

Visit our sleep dentistry providers to find out which holistic treatment option is best for you! By treating your sleeping disorder in a non-invasive, holistic manner, you can enjoy greater convenience and comfort. Contact us today for an appointment.
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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Caroline Springs, Taylors Hill, Taylors Lakes VIC | (03) 8358 2565