Even though loud and excessive snoring is recognised as a cause of much frustration, more importantly it can be a sign of a serious medical condition called sleep apnoea. This condition causes breathing to actually stop, for anywhere from a few seconds up to one minute, and can occur several hundred times per night.
Sleep apnoea occurs when the throat muscles that keep your airway open while you’re awake relax, either partially or fully blocking the airway. This causes reduced blood oxygen levels, resulting in an increased heart rate as it works harder to pump oxygenated blood around your body.
The disruption to your sleeping pattern through sleep apnoea can also 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 Dental Touch team can help diagnose the extent of your sleep apnoea and prescribe a suitable solution, such as custom-made dental splints.