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Snoring and Apnoea Solutions at Parramatta Dental Clinic
Are sleeping disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea interfering with your rest? Perhaps your sleep partner complains about you gasping for air, grinding your teeth or tossing and turning all night long? An oral sleep appliance could help.
Oral appliances manage obstructive sleep apnoea by repositioning your mandible (lower jaw). When your jaw is brought forward, it prevents airway blockage at the back of your mouth. Without one, your jaw slips back and tissues like tonsils, your tongue and the upper soft palate seal against one another.
CPAP vs Oral Sleep Appliances
CPAP machines are the common go-to equipment for people with sleeping disorders. However, they are bulky and create excessive noise, making it difficult for other people in the room to go to sleep. Their cumbersome nature can even be challenging for the person wearing it.
With an oral sleep appliance, the small mouthpiece is nonintrusive. You can rest in any position without bothering your sleep partner. Plus, they’re easy to travel with and keep clean.
Only certain types of sleeping disorders can be managed with an oral appliance. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are the most common. We will need to perform a thorough examination to see if you qualify for sleep dentistry treatment.
If you’re already seeing a physician or pulmonologist, our dentists will discuss their findings to determine the best treatment protocol. Sometimes a sleep study is needed, which can be conducted at home, to determine the formal source of your sleeping disorder.
Signs of Sleep Apnoea
Snoring isn’t the only symptom of a sleeping disorder. If you have sleep apnoea, you’re more likely to exhibit signs of:
• Large neck circumference
• Weight gain
• Bruxism (tooth wear)
• Cardiovascular disease
During your exam, we’ll also check for irregularities in your TMJ and facial muscles, which may indicate a disorder.
Getting Fitted for a Snore Appliance
Snore guards and oral sleep appliances fit over your teeth like a mouthguard. The only thing we need is an impression of your teeth.
It may take some adjustments over the first few weeks to find the perfect setting for your jaw, but most people will notice a difference in their sleep quality within the first couple of days.