Sleep Apnea

Are you or your partner struggling with the sleep-depriving condition of snoring?

Studies have shown that snoring has a negative impact on both the sufferer, and the sleepless partner, because the lack of oxygen forces the snorer to work extra hard, which can damage the brain and the body

A sufferer of sleep apnoea can experience a cycle such as this one, which can be repeated more than 50 times per hour throughout the night:

  • Gently drifting off to sleep
  • Mouth relaxing
  • Air passage collapsing
  • Extended period with no oxygen
  • Unconscious (and sudden) awakening, with a gasp
  • Returning to sleep to begin the cycle again

There are several possible adverse effects for the partners of sleep apnoea sufferers:

  • Increased discomfort or pain resulting from lack of sleep.
  • Increased fatigue in general.
  • Susceptibility to ‘instant sleep’ while driving.
  • Higher risk of developing hearing loss.

What’s the solution?

At Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry, we can provide patients who snore with a lightweight dental device to be worn during sleep like a mouth-guard. The device positions the lower jaw in a more forward position, preventing the airway from closing and ending the resultant vibration of soft tissues. If you or your partner is losing sleep over snoring, visit us today and you can finally look forward to a peaceful night’s sleep!

Dental Devices vs. CPAP

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine encourages the use of dental devices or appliances for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea before resorting to a CPAP machine, because the devices have been scientifically proven to be effective, and there are many reasons why patients find the CPAP machine intolerable:

  • The mask is uncomfortable.
  • The mask is often unconsciously taken off at night.
  • The mask can irritate the skin and the nose.
  • Air can be pushed into the stomach or sinuses.
  • The mask leaks air.
  • The pressure of the CPAP is bothersome.
  • The CPAP machine is too noisy to allow sleep.
  • The tubing gets in the way.
  • The mask may trigger claustrophobia.
  • The air is too hot, too cold or too dry.
  • A dental device can be used for travelling, when there is no access to power.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s journal, Sleep, states that, “Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea who prefer oral appliances to CPAP, or who do not respond to CPAP, are not appropriate candidates for CPAP, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP or treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep-position change.”

Should You Get A Sleep Study?

Any of the following are indicators that an evaluation would be wise:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up trying to breathe or gasping for breath
  • Felling sleepy during the day while performing regular tasks- example driving, watching TV
  • Difficulty sleeping three nights in a week
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Sleep walking or frequent nightmares