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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

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Your Dentist Can Help

Sleep apnoea is one of the most common sleep disorders; however, it can cause some worrying effects for sufferers if left untreated. Thankfully, finding relief for this condition can be as simple as visiting your local dentist at My Dentist.

What Is Sleep Apnoea?

An ‘apnoea’ is where the body completely stops breathing, and a ‘hypopnea’ occurs when the breath is severely restricted. Both of these actions can occur between 5-100 times per hour in a person suffering from sleep apnoea. It is most commonly caused by obstructions during sleep, especially when the walls of the upper airway (including the tongue) relax, causing breathing restrictions.

What are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Sometimes, the symptoms of sleep apnoea can be so subtle that a person may not be aware that they are suffering from it. If you recognise any of the following signs, you may have the condition:

  • Day-time sleepiness (even after a lengthy sleep the night before)
  • An inability to concentrate during the day
  • Snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability

What are the Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea?

Unfortunately, sleep apnoea can cause more than just a bad night’s sleep for both you and your partner. Patients suffering from this sleep disorder are also more prone to the following conditions:

    • Severe tiredness (which can cause potentially dangerous lapses in concentration)
    • Increased heart rate
    • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic changes
  • Impaired liver function
  • Nerve dysfunction

How Can My Dentist Help?

Our experienced dentists can assess your mouth, tongue and soft tissues for any signs of obstructions or related concerns. Dentist Dr Kat Marhfour is a member of The Australasian Sleep Association and is particularly passionate about helping to address our patients’ sleep apnoea.

We also work with other healthcare professionals to ensure you receive individually-tailored, expert treatment to help overcome the condition.

SomnoDent® and Oventus O2Vent (TRADEMARK) Puts Snoring to Bed

Additionally, we can treat mild and moderate sleep apnoea sufferers with a device known as a dental mandibular advancement splint. In particular, we offer the SomnoDent and Oventus O2Vent oral device. This splint treats OSA by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This forward movement stops the tongue from collapsing and allows the airway to stay open, preventing apnoeas.

This device, which is similar to a mouthguard, is comfortable, portable, convenient and far less invasive than a CPAP mask. You will be able to sleep soundly again, and so will your partner!

Schedule a Consultation

If you or someone you love snores or has sleep apnoea, contact us today to book a consultation.


Sleep Apnoea Treatment Alderley, Newmarket, Ashgrove, Enoggera QLD | 07 3356 3636