Snoring is caused by vibration of the soft tissues in your head and neck as you breathe in. Snoring can vary in severity but affects around 1 in 10 people.
Some people with snoring may also suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This is where the airways become partially or totally blocked for about 10 seconds. A fall in the level of oxygen to the brain, causes the sufferer to move into a light state of sleep, or even awake for a short period, in order to restore normal breathing. This can occur throughout
the night, resulting in a poor night's sleep with corresponding daytime sleepiness. This may have an adverse impact on day-to-day activities.
Visit your GP for advice regarding snoring, particularly if you feel excessively tired during the day. An overnight sleep study can diagnose OSA and treatment can be prescribed. This may include CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) or a mandibular advancement appliance (MAA). MAAs work by bringing the lower jaw and the tongue forward, thus allowing an open airway to be maintained. They can be used in the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate OSA.
It is recommended that, particularly if your snoring is associated with breathing difficulties, such as sleep apnoea, that a MAA is made specifically for you by a dental specialist (orthodontist) using impressions of your teeth and jaw.
Virginia has an interest in sleep appliances and her preferred appliance is the Somnowell appliance (http://www.somnowell.com). The advantages of this custom-made cobalt-chrome appliance over the bulky, plastic appliances is its comfort, ease of use and cleanliness.
See also the Dental Sedation, www.thedentalsedationgroup.com
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