When sleeping, muscles that are used to control your throat and tongue relax, often narrowing your airway. The soft tissues at the back of your mouth sometimes vibrate during breathing, especially during deep sleep, resulting in snoring and low quality sleep.
While the sound itself might be quite irritating for others, there are greater underlying health risks.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
OSA occurs when your airways become completely blocked causing you to stop breathing all together. Sufferers may actually experience hundreds of these episodes each night without actually remembering any of them, waking up feeling tired and irritated and not understanding why.
OSA is actually one of the most serious health risks facing approximately one in twenty Australians. If left untreated, the disease can have a dramatic negative impact on your health and lifestyle.
Treatment of Snoring and OSA
The treatments we offer for snoring and OSA include:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure apparatus (CPAP)
- Corrective upper airway surgery
- Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS)
Diagnosis of snoring and sleep apnoea
If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms (with no known cause) there is a chance you may be suffering from OSA. And it is important you seek medical attention.
- Falling asleep at random times
- Reduced lung capacity
- Jaw clenching causing tension and pain in the face