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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Do you know sleep apnea may contribute to teeth grinding?

What Causes Snoring? When you sleep, the throat muscles relax and the jaw and tongue fall back which narrows the airway. In some people, the airway is narrow enough to allow the air escape and making the soft tissues vibrate. This noise is what we call snoring.

What is Sleep Apnoea? Since your throat muscles and tongue relax when you sleep, some people snore so badly the relaxed airway partially or completely blocked. Each event of airway collapse is called an "apnoea", which means "without breath". Sometimes this will wake the sleeper, but often the sleeper will not know this is happening, they will only know that they never get a good night's sleep, and they are very tired during the day.

Treatment options? There are several ways to treat "Snoring" or " Sleep Apnoea", such as

1. surgical procedure to open the airway.

2.Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a bedside device and nasal mask to deliver a small increase in airway pressure to stop airway vibration and associated noise of snoring.

3. snore guard is the simplest way to treat snoring and mild sleep apnoea. It is very similar to mouth guard, dentist need to take moulds of the top and bottom teeth, then our onsite technician will custom-fabricate the snore guard specially fits your mouth. The snore guard is worn at night, holding the lower jaw slightly forwards. This opens up the airway, allowing easier breathing, to stop snoring immediately. The brand we use at Victoria Dentists is called Silent Nite®

Silent Nite® is a dentist-prescribed solution for a more restful night's sleep. This affordable device is flexible, thin and comfortable to wear. Silent Nite® sl positions the lower jaw forward using special S-shaped connectors that are attached to upper and lower trays. These trays are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and BPA-free.