Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and some sleep disorders are caused by partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. This results in the interruption of breathing and lowered oxygen levels in the blood. OSA has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks and excessive day time sleepiness.
Fatigue from OSA is now recognized as an important cause of motor vehicle and work related accidents.
Dentists, working together with a sleep specialist, play an important role in screening and identifying the sleep apnoea.
Losing weight can help overcome snoring and OSA but it is difficult to achieve in the short term. Dental appliances such as Mandibular plates can be fitted by the dentist to adjust the jaw position during sleep. It can be an effective treatment for snoring and OSA.