ENJOY A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
Snoring and sleep apnoea can be very problematic for some people and have a negative impact on their daily lives.
Here at the Essex Smile Centre we can offer patients a range of highly effective anti-snoring dental appliances that can be used to treat sleep apnoea and snoring.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNOEA?
Sleep apnoea is a common but potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts again as they sleep. Most people aren’t actually aware that these short pauses can occur hundreds of time a night but can often feel lethargic, exhausted and lacking mental sharpness during the day despite a full night’s sleep.
There are 3 main types of sleep apnoea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
This is the more common type of sleep apnoea and is caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat which relaxes during sleep, blocking the airway and resulting in loud snoring.
Central Sleep Apnoea
This less common type of sleep apnoea is more complicated and occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. People with this type of sleep apnoea rarely snore.
Complex Sleep Apnoea
This complex sleep apnoea syndrome is the combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnoea.
Sleep apnoea has been linked to memory problems, tiredness, depression, high blood pressure and strain on the heart which is why it is important to seek help if you suspect you may be suffering from it.
IS IT JUST SNORING OR IS IT SLEEP APNOEA?
There are links between sleep apnoea and snoring but they are not the same thing and it is important to try to recognise what category a person falls into. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea and not everyone who has sleep apnoea snores.
If it is just snoring then the chances are you will still maintain a reasonable amount and quality of sleep so are not affected during the day.
Those with suspected sleep apnoea can find it difficult to confirm as it happens obviously whilst they are sleeping so a partner or loved one can be crucial in ascertaining what is happening at night. Some of the warning signs of sleep apnoea include;
- Sleepiness and extreme fatigue during the day
- Nightly chronic / loud snoring
- Gasping, choking, snorting in their sleep
- Waking up short of breath
- Breathing pauses
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Restless sleep, night-time waking’s, insomnia
- Morning headaches
It can be helpful for those with suspected sleep apnoea to be recorded whilst they sleep and for those who share a bed to ask their partner to make note of any unusual breathing, gasping or choking that occurs.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOUR SNORING OR SLEEP APNOEA?
Snoring is an underestimated problem often dismissed by many as being ‘normal’. But severe snoring and sleep apnoea can affect people in their daily lives – how they feel, how they perform at work, their health and their relationships.
Recent studies show the direct correlation between teeth grinding (bruxism) and sleep apnoea. That is why as dentists we are the first port of call for detection, diagnosis and treatment.
At The Essex Smile Centre we are leading UK clinicians for Somnowell anti-snoring devices that can treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.
If you want to find out more about the different dental solutions available, or book a consultation, please get in touch.