Treating Sleep Apnoea

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

A good night’s sleep is essential for good health and allows your body to recover after the day’s activities.

Excessive snoring is not just annoying for those you sleep and live with. It can also be a sign of sleep apnoea. This occurs when the airway collapses during sleep and prevents air from getting into the lungs. You then stop breathing momentarily which disturbs your sleep and puts a strain on your heart.

Sleep Apnoea can have extremely serious health consequences including an increased risk of:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Motor vehicle and work place accidents

If you are aware that you snore, or if you suffer from daytime sleepiness, then it would be advisable to discuss this with your doctor.

They may suggest an initial screening questionnaire followed by further investigations such as:

  • An Overnight Sleep Study Polysomnogram (PSG)
  • A Home Sleep Test (HST)

Treatment options for OSA include:

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

In this treatment pressure is applied through a tube and mask that covers the nose and mouth whilst sleeping.

Whilst this type of treatment has been considered the “gold standard” for the treatment of sleep apnoea, many people find it very difficult to adjust to. While the majority of patients are prescribed a CPAP machine when they are initially diagnosed with OSA, various studies report CPAP compliance rates at or below 50% at 2 years.

Continuous Open Airway Therapy [COAT]

Worn during sleep, Continuous Open Airway Therapy is a first line treatment option for people with mild to moderate OSA and consists of devices that have 2 components which fit over the upper and lower teeth.

Devices in the SomnoDent® family of products treat OSA by stabilizing and/or moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This optimal position of the jaw, prevents your airway from collapsing during sleep. These oral devices are comfortable and simple to use which is why many patients prefer COAT therapy to other options. COAT is also a viable option for those who do not respond well to other treatment options.

After the physician prescribes COAT therapy, we will:

  • conduct a thorough oral exam to confirm your oral health status
  • Ensure that you are dentally appropriate for the device

Dental impressions and a bite registration are required to fabricate the SomnoDent®. These items are then sent to SomnoMed where the device is made. We will then fit the device, and instruct you on how to insert and remove it by yourself and how to clean and care for it.

Call us today to tailor a treatment plan to address anything which bothers you.