Snoring is a problem that affects 67% of adults. Millions people in the United Kingdom snore every night. Snoring can cause disrupted quality of sleep for both snorers and their sleeping partners and it can lead to health problems.
Snoring is the harsh sound that occurs when the tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth vibrates against the back of the throat. During sleep, throat tissues, the tongue and the muscles that line the airway all relax, narrowing the airway. Air passing through the narrower airway cause the tissues to vibrate against each other and create the snoring sound that can grow louder during sleep. Snoring may also be an indication of a bigger health problem; sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a condition in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat completely close off the airway so that air cannot flow into the lungs. This airway blockage can reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and body. When that happens, the brain alerts the muscles in the airway to tighten up and unblock the air passage. This leads to a cycle of blocking and unblocking the airway and causes significant disruption of sleep.
How does OSA affect your lifestyle and health? The lack of sleep can cause: Daytime sleepiness, poor motivation, high stress levels, lack of energy and less effectiveness at work.
In addition OSA also affects your health: Increased blood pressure, increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and affects relationships with partner.
It is important for patients to see a physician or a sleep disorder specialist if they are experiencing snoring and daytime sleepiness.
Your consultation will include a thorough history and head, neck and throat evaluation to assess your situation. This information is correlated with testing to establish an accurate diagnosis and determine the appropriate treatment options.
The treatment option we offer is oral appliance therapy. Based on your specific circumstances, oral appliance therapy can be a very effective solution for treating snoring and sleep apnea. We have been treating patients with snoring and sleep apnea conditions with oral appliance therapy for 10 years, with outstanding results.
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The sessions are currently available at Faces & Smiles NORWICH with Dr. Denver Fester BChD,NHDDT, MJDF, PGCDE, MSC Perio
Member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine.