Snoring happens when there is something that obstructs the free flow of air through the oesophagus between the back of the nose and mouth. An area between the upper throat and tongue is a collapsible portion of the airway and snoring occurs when these two bump into each other.
Furthermore, snoring can be a sign of a condition that is more serious and is known as OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. OSA can be identified by several episodes of pauses in breathing that is higher than 10 seconds at a time, caused by the upper airway collapsing or narrowing. This will result in a lower amount of oxygen passing through your blood and will cause the heart to double its effort. Many people suffering from sleep apnea feel poorly rested because of the disruption of their natural sleep cycle.
What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?
One of the immediate effects when it comes to sleep apnea is that a person will have to sleep lightly and tense their throat muscles continuously to avoid snoring. Since the snoring individual won’t be having a good sleep any time soon, they may become sleepy throughout the day, hindering their performance and making them a hazard when driving or operating dangerous equipment. Obstructive sleep apnea that remains untreated can lead to strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and more.
What Can Be Done for Sleep Apnea?
The treatment of sleep apnea has progressed significantly over the last few years. If you have been treated for sleep apnea in the past and it hasn’t worked for you (or even if it has), it might be beneficial for you to explore the new options available as these could make you more comfortable (and therefore more likely to comply) resulting in more effective ongoing treatment of your condition and improved symptom relief.
Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) are dental devices which work by pushing your lower jaw forward to increase the opening of your airway. We recommend this device for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Where Can I Get MAS Dental Devices?
At Balmain Dentist we provide people who are suffering from snoring and sleep apnea with the MAS dental devices that they need to improve the flow of air through their airways. Many experts consider Mandibular Advancement Splints as a decent choice of therapy because it is an easily reversible and non-invasive treatment that many patients can easily accept.
Why don’t you contact us now to schedule a consultation to get rid of your snoring and sleep apnea problems once and for all!