Snoring is something that so many of us suffer from and without even knowing we snore, until this is pointed out to us !
What is snoring?
During normal breathing, air is drawn through the nose and past soft tissues at the back of the throat. These tissues include the uvula, the soft palate and the tongue. When we are awake the airways are held open by the muscles around them. While we sleep, these muscles relax. In some people, the soft tissues may relax too much (or “collapse”), leading to obstruction of the airways. The obstruction may be partial (hypopnea) or complete. If breathing is absent for more than 10 seconds, the condition is known as sleep apnoea.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea may be treated using oral appliances, nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nasal CPAP), or surgery.
Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
One way to treat snoring and sleep apnoea is by Oral appliance therapy using a dental appliance similar to a mouthguard to prevent the airways from collapsing during sleep. This is usually achieved by holding the jaw forward.
Here at CoastWide Smiles we will ensure that the best course of treatment is determined for you, in conjunction with your GP and a sleep clinic.
If you suffer from sleep apnoea then please call us today so we can discuss the options that are available to your particular needs.