Snoring and Why This Problem Should Be Taken Seriously

glebejan4Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for good health but for many people a full eight hours can prove very elusive. Snoring is a common problem but persistent snoring may indicate Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). This is where the muscles supporting the airway will relax and collapse inwards during sleep, creating an obstruction which in turn can prevent breathing for several seconds until the body is prompted to restart it once more.

This can often happen with a loud gasp or snort. The sufferer partially awakens but will fall back to sleep straightway and will have no recollection of ever being awake. These episodes can happen hundreds of times a night, preventing the body from reaching deep, restorative sleep. As a result, people with OSA will often wake up feeling tired and will constantly battle daytime fatigue. Not surprisingly this can have a hugely detrimental effect on everyday life and may have longer-term consequences for general health.

If you think you have OSA or if a partner has complained about persistent snoring then it’s well worth seeking professional advice and help. One way to deal with mild cases of OSA is to wear a custom night splint that can be made by Glebe Dental. This works by putting the lower jaw into a different position, holding open the airway so it is easier to breathe. Another solution is to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine that consists of a small mask that fits over the nose to pump a continuous supply of air into the throat. This can be useful for more severe cases of OSA.

Please contact us if you suspect you may have OSA. We can assess you and if required will refer you to a sleep specialist.