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Treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea in 60 seconds

  • Snoring could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea, a serious health problem
  • Lotus Dental Clinic dentists can refer you to a sleep disorder specialist
  • Address snoring with a ProSomnusĀ® Sleep Device

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Dr Michael Frankl

Obstructive sleep apnoeaā€”are you a sufferer?

According to the British Lung Foundation, an estimated 1.5 million people in the UK have obstructive sleep apnoea, and 80% of them don't even know it.

Sleep apnoea is a condition in which, due to physiological or neurological problems, your oxygen supply is periodically cut off while you sleep.

It can be difficult to diagnose sleep apnoea because you are asleep when you experience the episodes.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is the type that is caused by a physical blockage in the air passage when soft tissues collapse and obstruct breathing.
There are some signs that you can look for during your waking hours to find out if you have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA):

  • Family members or sleep partners tell you that you snore
  • Fatigue and sleepiness during the day
  • Waking up with headache
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Occasionally waking up at night feeling short of breath

I have been using Lotus DentalClinic for many years, not only is Mickey a great dentist, he is also a very nice person. Thank you for all your help.

Peter Finnegan

The hidden danger of snoring

Heavy snorers are six times more likely to have a heart attack in their sleep, according to a study cited by the NHS.

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:

  • Drug-resistant high blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Memory problems
  • Obesity

Snoring is not just an irritating quirk that you can afford to ignore.

OSA and snoring solutions at Lotus Dental Clinic

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 ProSomnusĀ® Sleep Device. Resembling a clear aligner, this device keeps your jaw propped forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissue, which causes snoring.

Commonly asked questions about OSA and snoring

How is OSA diagnosed?

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.

Can a dentist diagnose sleep apnoea?

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 peopleā€™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.

Can bad teeth cause snoring?

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.

Can InvisalignĀ® treat sleep apnoea?

InvisalignĀ® treatment can deliver beautiful results for misaligned teeth. Since teeth do not obstruct the airway as it is, straightening them with InvisalignĀ® will not make a difference. Clear aligners like InvisalignĀ® are intended to straighten teeth, not treat OSA.

How is OSA related to teeth grinding?

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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I have been treated by Dr Frankl and his team for nearly two decades now. He has always been caring and professional to the highest degree, and available at times of need. Ā His clinic has a calming elegant feel, being fitted with the most impressive up-to date equipment. Ā In short, I highly recommend the Lotus clinic.

Noam Trieman

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