Sleep Apnoea & Snoring
We can save your marriage! Are you a long-suffering partner of a snorer? Sleeping in separate rooms? On a more serious note, we could also save your life! Read on...
WHAT IS SNORING?
Snoring is the sound that occurs while someone is sleeping, it is actually the sound of the soft tissue at the back of the throat vibrating when air flows in and out. Severe snoring is likely due to OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) or as mentioned before Sleep Disordered Breathing. In simple terms apnea is another word for suffocation. Effectively, the airway is blocked by the soft tissues (tongue, palate, cheeks) especially when lying on your back. Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women as men tend to put weight on around your their necks and stomach.
Long term nightly episodes of suffocation will likely lead to serious health problems. Amongst them, high blood pressure, migraines in the morning, heart disease, strokes, depression, and obesity. Others are dry mouth, irritability, change in personality, lack of concentration, sore facial muscles and daytime sleepiness.
IS IT COMMON?
YES! However studies are showing that only 10% of the population have been diagnosed for this condition, so there's 90% of the population that don't know they have it or, are treating the conditions that are secondary to the sleep apnea! They attend the doctor to treat diabetes, insomnia, migraines etc..when the issue lies in their airways!
I THINK I SNORE, SO WHAT DO I DO?
You will be booked in with Dr Suzanne for an extended consult to find out your medical history, sleep patterns, dental examination, any other concerns you may have. We will refer you to an ENT specialist for both assessment and sleep study.
Many people now realise after treating their snoring, what NORMAL sleep really is. Dr Suzanne is specially trained in making sleeping appliances to suit your specific needs.
YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO SNORE IF :
You are overweight
You have a small mandibular (or lower jaw)
You take sedatives
You have allergies (so nasal passages are swollen)
TAKE A QUICK TEST / EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness. A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy. A score of 18 or more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test, you should consider whether you are obtaining adequate sleep, need to improve your sleep hygiene and/or need to see a sleep specialist.
0 = would never doze or sleep.
1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping
Print out this test, fill in your answers and see where you stand.
SITUATION CHANCE OF DOZING OR SLEEPING
Sitting and reading ____
Watching TV ____
Sitting inactive in a public place ____
Being a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more ____
Lying down in the afternoon ____
Sitting and talking to someone ____
Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol) ____
Stopped for a few minutes in traffic while driving ____
Total score (add the scores up)
(This is your Epworth score) .
If you scored between 10 -18 do call us for more information (03) 9589 4472 or come in and speak to us personally.
Lifestyle choices ( NO alcohol before bed, weight loss )
Better sleep regimes, and positions
CPAP Machine ( a machine that blows into your nose and opens the airways)
Dental appliances that holds your jaw forward ( to open the airway)
Combination of above
A CPAP machine is not very patient-friendly and albeit a very effective treatment, the social stigma attached to this leads to poor compliance. An alternative is a dental appliance that is worn over the teeth at night. It holds the lower jaw forward, and this brings with it the tongue, thus unblocking the airway.
Suzanne is trained in making customised sleep appliances, she even made her husband one! They are light-weight, cost-effective and accepted more readily by the patients who have tried and rejected the CPAP machines.
You need to do something now! Any airway improvement will give you more oxygen supply to the brain, better sleep patterns and quality of sleep. There will be less grinding of the teeth so they will last longer, all of these making your quality of life better!
TAKE ACTION NOW
It can be life-threatening! If you or your partner has any of the signs or symptoms above, call us TODAY (03) 9589 4472