What is it? – Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

What is Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Geelong & Lara

Always feeling tired the next day? Interrupted by snoring at night? This could be a sign of Sleep Apnoea.

What is snoring & sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea refers to a sleeping disorder where breathing during the night becomes shallow or in most cases becomes paused. This is due to the tissues in the back of the throat collapsing as well as the jaw relaxing. This can eventually result in the throat area becoming blocked. Not only can this interfere with sleep at night, but it is also regarded as a serious issue that needs to be treated as soon as possible before it becomes worse.

Why early intervention is important

Most of the time, the patient is well unaware that they are snoring during the night until the patient’s partner notices. Some symptoms can include:

  • Frequent pauses during breathing
  • Always feeling tired the next day
  • Constantly waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Continuous loud snoring every night
  • Waking up with a headache every morning

Treatment options for sleep apnoea

Being able to find the best and most effective treatment option can be quite difficult due to a large number of options available. Here at Lara Dental, we understand the importance of having a healthy night sleep and waking up the next day feeling refreshed.

Once sleep apnoea has been identified, our experienced team can complete an assessment of the sleeping disorder and offer advice regarding treatment options. In most common cases with patients, a sleeping device may be suggested as a possible option.

This sleeping device (more commonly known as mandibular Advancement Splint) is tailored made to fit inside the mouth and be used while sleeping. This is an excellent option, especially if wanting to avoid expensive surgery.

If you are worried you or your partner regarding sleep apnoea, contact our experienced team to book in for an appointment where they will sit down and work out what is the best treatment option for you.

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