- Dr Vyla Ellis
Is Snoring or Sleepiness a Problem?
Is snoring affecting your relationship?
Are you waking feeling un-refreshed?
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea?
Snoring is no laughing matter. It can adversely affect relationships, cause poor quality sleep and may be a symptom of sleep apnea which is a chronic medical condition.
Sleep apnea and snoring are caused by the collapsing of the soft tissues of the throat including the tongue into the back of the throat to restrict the airway. Sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and blood pressure problems. It also reduces the quality of sleep and can affect mood, energy levels and concentration. A dental sleep appliance is a custom made device which sits firmly over the upper and lower teeth to put the jaw in a more favourable position which eliminates or reduces this problem. The appliances are strong, thin, easily adjustable and comfortable to wear.
For those suffering from snoring alone, a dental sleep appliance is regarded as the most effective solution with the least side effects. For those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the peak body in the field, supports the use of dental sleep appliances. In the case of severe sleep apnea the CPAP machine is the gold standard. Unfortunately some people are unable to tolerate this machine and those patients may consider a dental sleep appliance as a good alternative. It can also be a good alternative to CPAP when travelling or camping.
By improving the opening of the airway a dental sleep appliance provides the following benefits:
Get a good night's sleep
Wake feeling refreshed
Improved mood and vitality
Decreased risk of fatigue associated accidents
Improved concentration and energy levels
Decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and blood pressure problems.
If a dental sleep appliance sounds like the right solution for you, please contact us to organise a consultation.