Snoring can be problematic and stressful, not only for the person who snores. But also for their partners, preventing a restful night’s sleep and even placing a strain on relationships.
While disrupted sleep can cause a range of health problems on its own, loud and persistent snoring can also indicate a more serious health condition called obstructive sleep apnoea. This occurs when the tissues at the back of the throat or tongue relax too much during sleep and block the airway.
The good news is that sleep apnoea is a treatable condition – and you may be surprised to learn that your dentist can help!
At CBD Dental, we offer an alternative to traditional treatments, which usually involves a mask that can be uncomfortable to wear and difficult to use. Instead, we offer oral appliance therapy – an advanced treatment that uses a custom oral device to gently adjust the jaw position.
If you or your partner are suffering as a result of nightly snoring, find out how our experienced team of expert dentists can help you achieve a solid night’s sleep, so you can wake feeling rested and refreshed.
While formal diagnosis of sleep apnoea requires a clinical sleep study, the following signs may indicate that someone is experiencing this condition:
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Daytime fatigue
- Choking or waking abruptly from sleep
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Mood disorders
You may first be alerted to the fact that you snore or stop breathing during sleep by a partner or family member.
It’s very important to address potential sleep apnoea as early as possible, as the lack of restorative sleep caused by this condition can lead to a number of more serious health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Early death
- Dangerous operation of vehicles