How to have a good night sleep

Although snoring is a common occurrence, it can also be an indicator of the more serious condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a condition which occurs while you sleep, due to the narrowing or complete blockage of your airway, causing you to loudly snore or even stop breathing.

These non-breathing episodes can last from 10 seconds up to one minute and in severe cases occur many times per night. Your brain registers you are not breathing, sends a signal to the throat muscles causing you to jolt awake, breathe and fall back to sleep.

OSA means you will feel sleepy and unrefreshed during the day and can even contribute to potential heart attack or stroke.

At The Art of Dentistry we can supply the SomnoDent Sleep Apnoea Appliance to treat your OSA, by keeping your airway open while you sleep. Similar to a sport mouthguard, SomnoDent is custom-made to fit your mouth to comfortably and discreetly relieve your OSA by repositioning the jaw, helping to open the air passage and make breathing during sleep easier.

For people diagnosed with severe OSA, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine is recommended as the most suitable treatment solution.

A CPAP machine has a small, quiet air pump, a tube and face mask that fits comfortably over the nose (and sometimes the mouth). It is designed to supply a constant flow of low pressure air into the throat. This low pressure airflow prevents the airway from collapsing and also stops snoring instantly.

If you or your partner snore or you notice they stop breathing during sleep, schedule a consultation appointment with The Art of Dentistry team. We can assess the positioning of the jaw while it’s relaxed and determine if your OSA could potentially be resolved with the use of a night splint.

Should you require a more in-depth assessment, you may be referred to a sleep specialist.