Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Snoring is noisy breathing that occurs during sleep as a result of partial obstruction of the air ways. Breathing is typically slow and shallow reducing oxygen supply to the lungs.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and the walls of the throat relax and narrow whilst sleeping, completely obstructing the airway and leading to the temporary stoppage of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Typically you are woken gasping for air.
Long-term snoring and OSA can cause tiredness and irritability as well as circulatory problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems and strokes.
What are the causes of Snoring & OSA?
There are a number of lifestyle factors which can increase the likelihood of suffering with Snoring and OSA;
- Being overweight
- Being over 40 years of age
- Being male
- Sleeping on your back
- A large neck/collar size
- Taking sleeping tablets
- Drinking alcohol
- Nasal congestion
- The menopause
- Family history
- Large tonsils or adenoids
What treatment is available?
At Beeches Dental Surgery we are able to offer two appliances which aid in the reduction of Snoring and OSA.
These appliances known as mandibular advancement devices (MAD) are custom made mouth guards which fit together to hold the lower jaw forwards, expanding the space behind the tongue and helping to keep the airway open to prevent snoring and apnoea.
Please follow the links below for more information on these options
If you would like more information on Sleepwell please click here.
If you would like more information on Somnodent please click here
We also recommend making lifestyle changes where possible such as losing weight, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption to prevent the symptoms and stress the importance of seeing your doctor to undergo a sleep study if required.
Prices start from £375. Please give us a call and speak to one of the team for further information.