Partners of heavy snorers lose as much as one hour of sleep every night. A series of studies on snoring by the well-known Mayo Clinic discovered this disturbing result. But partners of snorers don’t need studies to show how if affects them.
Snorers, along with their sleep-deprived bed partners, often lack energy during the day and have daytime sleepiness. Snoring in the marital bed has also been linked to relationship stress and breakdown.
Snorers tend to have an increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA); a condition where the muscles that hold the windup open tend to over relax and close up. OSA sufferers tend to snore and may wake up choking and gasping for air.
Unfortunately, most of these people are unaware of the disturbances to their sleep and it is often the bed partners who suffer disturbed sleep as well.
Customised, adjustable mouthguards are becoming the treatment of choice for many suffers of medically-diagnosed mild to moderate OSA.
These mouth guards, also called Mandibular Advancement Splints work by repositioning the lower jaw into a position which opens up the airway. They are comfortable to wear, discreet and carry a success rate of 95 per cent if used correctly.
Severe apnoea solution
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the best treatment for severe sleep apnoea. Other lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoiding sleeping on your back and diet counseling can also help reduce OSA severity.
The team at National Dental Care Brisbane CBD is trained in the field of dental sleep medicine and have a particular focus for treatment of medically-diagnosed snoring and sleep apnoea.
Call National Dental Care Brisbane CBD on 07 3229 2051 and talk with our professional team about the treatment options available to you.