Why do I snore?
Snoring is caused by a partial closure of your airway during sleep due to a relaxation of the muscles in your neck. The soft tissue then vibrates to cause the sound of snoring. Certain factors increase the chances of being a snorer. These factors can be anything such as your sex; weight; age or lifestyle.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?
Some snorers “Stop Snoring” and also “Stop Breathing” only to “Start snoring and breathing” again and a few second later often accompanied by a choke or gasp or snort – this is an indication the Snorer has OSA. Every time we stop breathing, known as “Apnoea”, our bodies are starved of oxygen. Our brain instructs our body to partially awaken by releasing adrenalin. Most OSA victims have no memory of this all-night life-and-death struggle for oxygen. OSA robs its’ sufferers of restful sleep leaving them feeling tired, sleepy and exhausted during the day as well as contributing to many other health problems.
What can we do to help you?
We have an appliance called Sleepwell that can be made for you to treat snoring & OSA. The Sleepwell appliance is made by our laboratory using impressions of your teeth taken by our skilled practitioners. The appliance has a soft inner lining and is a two piece, it can be adjusted to optimise comfort and effectiveness.
How long will my appliance last?
Sleepwell has been given a life expectancy of 3 years.