Snoring Affects The Whole Family
Do you snore?
If you do - you are not alone.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
The following symptoms could mean you are suffering a medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
- Do you snore loudly?
- Do you snore every night?
- Have you or your partner moved to another bedroom?
- Do you suffer excessive daytime sleepiness?
- Have you dosed off while driving?
- Do you fall asleep at meetings, reading or watching TV?
- Are you drowsy in the afternoon?
- Do you feel tired after lunchtime?
- Do you choke or gasp during sleep?
- Have you been told you hold your breath during sleep?
- Have you woken short of breath during the night?
- Are you restless during sleep?
- Do you have toilet visits during the night?
- Do you suffer heart burn (indigestion) at night?
- Are you tired upon waking. (lethargic, no energy)?
- Do you suffer morning headaches?
- Are you irritable on waking in the morning?
- Reduced sexual activity?
- Do you suffer from High Blood Pressure?
You should discuss your problems with our Dentist. There are now simple non invasive medically / scientifically proven treatments available.
Snoring and sleep apnoea, the facts:
If you snore, you’re not alone.
- Snoring affects 34% of the adult population.
- As many as 60% of men over 40 snore.
- Snoring significantly increases after age 35
- 60% of men and 40% of women between 41 and 65 are habitual snorers.
What causes snoring?
Most typically, snoring is caused by poor muscle tone and extra tissue in the tongue and throat. This causes the tongue to relax and fall backwards in the throat, resulting in restricted airflow and vibration of the soft tissues in the back of the mouth.
Should you be concerned?
Yes. In the short-term, snoring causes headaches and leads to lack of productivity. Long-term, chronic snorers tend to develop high blood pressure and are more apt to have heart and lung problems than non-snorers. A study published in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that people who snore loudly – in the absence of other risk factors for sleep- disordered breathing, such as obesity – are 11/12 times likely more that others to have high blood pressure.
What is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?
The most advanced symptom of snoring is called obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA. OSA is an interruption of breathing during sleep caused by the tongue and/or excessive tissue completely blocking the airway. When breathing stops, air is prevented from entering the lungs, causing the heart to work harder and circulate blood throughout the body. Eventually, OSA can cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or even heart failure.
What does snoring have to do with my dentist?
Often, the tell-tale signs of snoring like throat irritation and other symptoms are evident in the course of dental examination. If your dentist suspects that you have obstructive sleep apnoea(OSA), he/she may refer you to a physician for a more definite diagnosis. The physician may request that overnight sleep study be conducted to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
Treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea with oral appliances.
OSA is classified as mild, moderate or severe and the treatment plan is dictated by the severity of the symptoms. Oral appliances are fit by our dentist and are worn while sleeping. The mandibular (MDSA) appliance holds the lower jaw forward advancing the tongue and increasing airway space.
Oral appliances offer significant benefits to patient:
- 80% of snores find an appliance stops or reduces noise level to an acceptable level.
- 80% of patients with mild to moderate OSA receive good to excellent results with an oral appliance.
- Most patients report they feel more alert and energetic the day after wearing an oral appliance and the MDSA has been medically proven to improve your quality of life activities.
MDSA®, a comfortable and easy-to-use oral appliance.
How the MDSA® works
MDSA® oral appliance from MDSA® Pty Ltd consists of 2 trays custom made to your dental impression which fit over the upper and lower teeth. A hook mechanism attached to the upper tray mates with a shelf in the lower tray and allows the jaw to be positioned forward, preventing the soft tissue of the throat and tongue from collapsing into the airway. Since snoring occurs when air is forced through narrowed or nearly closed breathing passages, positioning the jaw forward will enable you to breathe easily and stop snoring.
A breakthrough oral appliance.
Designed for comfort, easy fit and simple adjustment the MDSA® is a breakthrough in the treatment of OSA and snoring. It’s unique two piece design gives you amazing lateral and controlled vertical jaw movement for comfort when wearing the MDSA®. It can easily be adjusted while in your mouth.
Because MDSA® has been scientifically proven in Australian NHMRC randomised control study to be safe, highly effective in the treatment of not only snoring but mild-moderate sleep apnoea, it now the dental appliance of choice.
The MDSA® is easy and comfortable for you to wear nightly
Full lateral movement minimises TMJ problems