40+% of the population snore during their sleep, which can keep the individual and your partner awake at night and stop you from getting the good night’s rest you both need.
While snoring is a wide-spread problem with many causal factors, with the help of snoring appliances, you don’t have to live with it forever. Book a visit with SmileFerry. Our snoring appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth so they are comfortable to wear at night. Additionally, some snoring appliances can also double as a tooth guard, preventing the damage that can result from grinding and clenching your teeth.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is caused by partial or complete obstruction of the airway whilst sleeping. This can lead to a drop in oxygen levels in the blood circulating around the body. One of the most common results of this drop in oxygen levels is disturbed sleep, which can in turn result in excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). Habitual snoring may indicate that you are developing OSA. It may also be a symptom of underlying OSA. Mild to moderate cases of snoring and sleep apnea can be treated effectively with Dental appliances. Our trained Dentists will evaluate you and provide the right prescription of device after doing a sleep study and other necessary investigations.
There are a number of factors that put you at risk of partial or complete obstruction of the airways. Some of the key risk factors are outlined below.
• Being overweight – This is a major risk factor because excessive body fat increases the bulk of soft tissue in the neck, which can place strain on the throat muscles. Excess stomach fat can also lead to breathing difficulties, which can make OSA worse. A body mass index (BMI) score above 25 puts you in a higher risk category of developing OSA
. • Having a large neck – a man with a neck size of 43cm (17 inches) and a woman a neck size of 41cm (16 inches) is at an increased risk of developing OSA.
• Certain anatomical features – An unusually narrow airway, unusually large tonsils or tongue, or having a small lower jaw that holds the tongue backwards increases the risk of partial or complete airway blockage.
• Alcohol – Snoring and OSA are made worse mainly due to the relaxing effect of alcohol on the throat muscles.
• Smoking – Simply put, smoking irritates your throat and airway. Smokers are three times more likely to develop snoring and OSA. • Family history – Some people have a genetic predisposition to developing snoring and OSA
. • Diabetes – Recent research shows that type 2 diabetes sufferers have an increased risk of developing OSA. It is also true that having OSA increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
• Allergies – Any event that leads to nasal or airway congestion can lead to an increased risk of snoring and OSA. This is due to the swelling of nasal and airway lining.
• Taking medicines that have a sedative effect – Sleeping tablets, tranquillisers and some other medicines can have a relaxing effect on the airway muscles, making the passage of air more difficult.
Mild to moderate cases of snoring and sleep apnea can be treated effectively with Dental appliances. Our trained Dentists will evaluate you and provide the right prescription of device after doing a sleep study and other necessary investigations.