Snoring can be a cause of much frustration, particularly when loud and excessive. More importantly though, it can be a sign of a more serious condition such as sleep apnoea, when breathing can actually stop from a few seconds up to one minute, and occur several hundred times per night.
When you are asleep, the throat and neck muscles that keep your airway open while you are awake relax, and either partially or fully blocks your airway causing a reduced oxygen level in your blood. This results in an increased heart rate as it works harder to pump oxygenated blood to your brain and the rest of your body.
The disruption to your sleeping pattern through sleep apnoea can contribute to a myriad of concerning health problems including fatigue, high blood pressure, an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke, depression and obesity.
The team from Dental Pro, in conjunction with other medical professionals, can diagnose the extent of your sleep apnoea and prescribe a suitable solution. Some options include custom-made dental splints that should be worn during your sleep.
Do you snore? Or do you have sleep apnoea? Talk to us. We are here to help!