What Is Snoring and Sleep Apnoea?
Many people will snore occasionally but this is different from sleep apnoea. There are two different types of sleep apnoea but most people have what’s called obstructive sleep apnoea which is where muscles in the wall of the throat relax during sleep, allowing the airway to collapse sufficiently to cause a blockage. This can cause a pause in breathing that can last for several seconds before it restarts, often with a loud gasp. Another form of sleep apnoea is called hypopnoea and is far less common and is where a partial blockage of the airway results in a reduction of airflow for several seconds.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) interrupts sleep many times during the night and as a result sufferers can feel excessively sleepy during the day. Usually they won’t have any memory of their sleep being interrupted and it may be down to a partner to tell them they have these symptoms. OSA is relatively common and tends to affect more men than women. You are more likely to have OSA if you are overweight or have a large neck, while some people will simply have a narrow airway or a smaller lower jaw, or large tonsils or adenoids. Smoking and drinking alcohol can also worsen OSA.
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Tooth Savers can provide a dental appliance that can help correct mild to moderate cases of OSA. This fits over your teeth and works by pulling your lower jaw forward, increasing the space in your throat so the muscles are less likely to collapse during sleep. It can also help to make a few lifestyle changes such as trying to sleep on your side, losing any excess weight or cutting down on alcohol or smoking. If we think the condition is due to you having large tonsils or adenoids, we may refer you to an ear nose and throat surgeon.
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