Sleep Apnea / Snoring
Snoring and sleep apnea (sleep apnea) are very common problems which can have a huge impact on relationships and health.
Loss of sleep and unsettled sleeping patterns can result in poor working performance, unnecessary fatigue as well as put a strain on your relationship with a loved one.
Snoring may indicate a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. In these cases, the airway has episodes of complete obstruction, causing gasping or choking and even waking a person briefly. The person may not be aware of these episodes, but they cause significant reduction in the quality of sleep.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea (sleep apnea) include:
- Poor concentration
- Memory problems
- Waking unrefreshed
- Some degree of sleepiness
- Disturbed breathing during sleep
- Sexual dysfunction
This can lead to health and safety problems including:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Heart disease and stroke
- Risk of motor vehicle and workplace accidents
Over 70% of people who regularly snore have some degree of sleep apnea.
And the large majority of people with sleep apnea (sleep apnea), are unaware they have it. If the snoring is treated but not the sleep apnea, then you can have an underlying silent medical condition that could lead to, or worsen blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Healthy Bite Dental specialises in sleep dentistry offering treatment that is scientifically proven to be safe, simple and effective. Using oral appliance therapy, we may be able to treat snoring and provide you and your partner with a good night’s sleep.
Dr John Harrison is trained in dental sleep medicine and experienced in fitting the full range of oral appliances. The first step is to find out if sleep apnea is present and determine the degree of severity. This can only be done with a sleep study.
Sleep tests are inexpensive and are done in the comfort of your own home.
To arrange a test or for more information contact us.