Snoring and Sleep Apnoea can affect the way you sleep at night.
Are you (or your partner) waking up tired?
One third of your life is spent sleeping, so a good night’s rest assists you in being as productive as you can be with the rest of your life.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is characterised by loud snoring, tiredness upon waking, excessive daytime sleepiness, choking or gasping during sleep, sore or dry throat on waking.
Snoring essentially occurs when airway muscles fail to function normally, this causes very loud vibrations to resonate whenever air passes through the soft palate at the side of the throat. If the tongue also falls back over the airway and breathing stops, apnoea is occurring. For people experiencing these conditions rest assured that they are correctable. There are various factors that can contribute to snoring and sleep apnoea, these include:
- Having weak throat muscles causing the throat to close when sleeping
- A misaligned jaw can have the same effect by creating tension in oral muscles
- Alcohol consumption, or
- Being overweight which leads to an even greater chance for fat to gather in and around the throat
If you have tried numerous techniques that have failed and are looking to wake up refreshed from a quality nights rest, LARA dental can offer you experienced advice. With correct assessment we can help to identify the causes of your snoring and sleep apnoea. In most cases a special oral snoring device may be suggested to assist.
This is a relatively inexpensive snoring mouthpiece device (also known as a mandibular advancement splint) that is tailor-made and fitted to wear while sleeping which has the additional benefits of helping you to avoid expensive surgery and is more comfortable than using a c-pap machine.
Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder which occurs when one’s breathing is interrupted when sleeping, causing snoring and disruptions to sleep. Generally, the condition occurs when the muscles in the airway do not function as they should. In some cases, the tongue falls back over the airway, causing an obstruction and disrupting one’s breathing.
Sleep apnoea is a condition often characterised by loud snoring, fatigue, choking or gasping during sleep, and a sore or dry throat on waking. Some other symptoms may include morning headaches, irritability, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, and daytime sleepiness. Although snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnoea, not everyone who snores necessarily has the condition. Snoring can be caused by a number of other factors.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to snoring and sleep apnoea. Individuals with weak throat muscles often suffer from the condition, as the throat closes during sleep. A misaligned jaw can also lead to snoring or sleep apnoea, particularly if there is tension in the oral muscles. Being overweight, and consuming alcohol can also contribute the development of the condition.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is often caused by stress and anxiety. In most cases, people grind their teeth at night while they are asleep and are actually unaware of the habit. There are, however, a number of other factors that can cause teeth grinding. These include certain medications; jaw problems, such as occlusal discrepancies, misalignment of the teeth, or missing teeth; certain lifestyle habits, such as high intake of alcohol or recreational drugs, and smoking.
If you grind your teeth at night, we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can advise you on the best treatment for your needs. At Lara Dental, we offer a range of treatment options including splints and mouthguards, which are designed to keep teeth separated at night; stress reduction techniques; advise on improving your sleeping patterns; and restorative dentistry, which can be helpful in improving overall oral health and resolving bite alignment issues. The treatment that is right for you will depend on your own set of symptoms, as well as your particular lifestyle.
If you grind your teeth at night, it is possible that you are suffering from sleep apnoea, although this is not always the case. According to research, around a quarter of people with obstructive sleep apnoea also grind their teeth at night. The connection between the two conditions is not yet clear, but it is believed that increased jaw activity may be triggered by the spike in stress hormones associated with sleep apnoea. It is also possible that airway instability caused by sleep apnoea could cause the jaw to tighten in order to stiffen the soft sides of the throat. If you suspect that you suffer from either sleep apnoea or bruxism, we recommend that you come in for a consultation.