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Sleep apnoea in 60 seconds
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Snoring is often viewed as nothing more than an embarrassment or an annoyance.
However, it can also be a symptom of OSA. Long-term OSA sufferers who do not receive treatment can later develop dangerous conditions such as:
Snoring is not just an irritating quirk that you can afford to ignore.
At Lotus Dental Clinic, we cannot diagnose you with OSA. But we do have the responsibility to let you know our observations and we will refer you to specialists who can help if necessary.
We also want to keep you informed of your options for managing a snoring problem which might be connected to OSA.
Instead of immediately investing in an unwieldy CPAP machine, you can try a discreet and custom-fit oral appliance called the ProSomnus® Sleep Device. Resembling a clear aligner, this device keeps your jaw propped forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissue, which causes snoring.
OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea) is officially diagnosed by specialists at a sleep clinic. This is the only way to get a conclusive diagnosis; even your regular physician would refer you to a sleep clinic to determine whether you have OSA.
While dentists can diagnose dental problems and offer a wide range of dental treatments, they cannot diagnose sleep apnoea. However, they do recognise the signs of OSA and they notice them quickly because of how much time they spend looking in people’s mouths. It is very common for OSA sufferers to first learn about their condition because their dentist mentioned the possibility based upon the symptoms the patient exhibited.
Snoring occurs when the jaw and neck muscles relax and the soft tissues partially obstruct the airway. Tooth positioning has nothing to do with this. A severely underdeveloped jaw may structurally contribute to the snoring problem, but the teeth would not play a role in obstructing the airway.
Invisalign® treatment can deliver beautiful results for misaligned teeth. Since teeth do not obstruct the airway as it is, straightening them with Invisalign® will not make a difference. Clear aligners like Invisalign® are intended to straighten teeth, not treat OSA.
Currently, there is not a clear understanding of the relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea and teeth grinding. Many studies suggest that these problems often occur together. There is not yet clear evidence to determine whether this is a coincidence, or if teeth grinding causes OSA or vice versa. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, then you may need to reinforce them with dental crowns.
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