Snoring can cause sleep interference, psychological pressure and marital problems, if left untreated. Sleep apnoea, or pauses in breathing while sleeping in both adults and children, is a very common condition, which can gradually lead to daytime fatigue, slow reaction times and an increased risk of heart attack. It is estimated that one in 15 people is affected by moderate sleep apnoea around the globe.
Luckily, nowadays an increasing number of dentists can treat moderate cases of sleep apnoea. Our Harley Street orthodontist, Dr Emma Laing, has been trained in the use of simple anti-snoring devices, which offer a safe and simple solution for those who suffer of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea. Dr Laing’s training, expertise and accreditation, will ensure that you will receive the best treatment for your individual problem.
Prior to being referred to a dentist for treating your snoring, you are advised to be examined for sleep apnoea by your pathologist. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnoea, you should discuss available treatment options with your doctor. If oral devices fit your lifestyle and are suitable for your particular case, you will probably be referred to our orthodontist in Harley Street.
In order for Dr Laing to create a custom-made sleeping device, dental impressions of your teeth will be required. Follow the simple instructions of your Harley Street orthodontist and bite down on the bite kit. Dr Laing will examine the impression thoroughly and create a custom-made sleep apnoea device for your mouth.
Once you receive your mouthpiece, you will be instructed to wear it during sleep. Oral devices for sleep apnoea are designed in a way which increases the opening of your airways. By pushing your lower jaw forward, the tongue also moves forward, helping to open your air passage during sleep. A correctly fitted oral appliance can forward the lower jaw approximately 8-10 mm. This small movement is adequate to keep your airways open, prevent snoring and allow you to sleep calmly throughout the night.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we appreciate the benefits of a properly designed sleep apnoea mouthpiece. However, be warned that an incorrectly designed or poorly fitted oral device will do almost nothing to improve your sleep and could even aggravate your problem.