Sometimes snoring is simply a sign that you are a bit blocked, perhaps due to a cold, but if it is loud and persistent and is interfering with the quality of your sleep then it could be a symptom of sleep apnoea. This is a common sleep disorder that can cause breathing to stop and re-start, often hundreds of times a night as the airway becomes blocked due to the throat muscles relaxing and collapsing inwards.
It can be difficult to recognise some of these symptoms on your own, so it is worth asking a sleeping partner to observe you while you sleep, or you could try recording yourself.
Your next step should be to visit Banyule Dental Greensborough for a proper diagnosis, and if necessary our dentist can recommend you to a sleep clinic for a sleep study.
Yes, there are certain risk factors which include:
Mild to moderate sleep apnoea can be treated with a dental device that helps to hold open the airway during sleep.
You may also be recommended to use a Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure machine (CPAP) that uses a mask to supply a constant flow of air, keeping your airway open during sleep.
At Banyule Dental we provide the most comprehensive range of dental services in the Greensborough area in a friendly, caring environment.
Our emphasis is on patient education and preventative procedures, however we provide the full range of treatment options including cosmetic/reconstructive work, dental implants, crowns/veneers, orthodontics/Invisalign, wisdom tooth surgery and treatments for sleep apnoea/tooth grinding.