Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (SomnoDent device)

Being a snorer can feel embarrassing and debilitating. Whether you’re exhausted from interrupted sleep, your partner is fed up, or you’re stressed that you can’t find a cure; rather than smother the problem with a pillow, it’s important to talk about what’s really going on and how you can get to the bottom of it.

Snoring is simply noisy breathing and it’s due to our tongue falling backwards when our throat muscles relax and become narrow and droopy. Then when you breathe in, the throat walls begin to vibrate, causing that deep rumbling sound. The narrower it becomes, the louder we snore. However, when the throat walls collapse completely, we stop breathing in our sleep. This is a serious medical condition called sleep apnoea – so if you are waking feeling unrested or your partner notices an unusual sleeping breathing pattern, consult your GP.

Snoring is an obvious sign of sleep apnoea, however it’s not the only symptom, also keep an eye out for:

  • Tiredness on waking
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Gasping in your sleep
  • Sore or dry throat on waking
  • Headaches
  • Mental fogginess

At A.L. Dental, we can help with mild snoring and sleep apnoea using an appliance called SomnoDent by SomnoMed.

The aim is to push your lower jaw forward, thereby opening up your airway and causing less obstruction on your airway.  The SomnoDent device looks like a mouth guard and is only worn at night while you sleep.

If snoring is an issue for you and your partner, book a consultation appointment today, and Dr Phuong will answer and questions you may have and explain the treatment further, call us on 08 9271 9911.