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Snoring Can Signal Health Problems

Snoring is a common condition and can be a challenge to restful sleep for both the snorer and everyone else within hearing range.

Snoring could also indicate major health problems — including obstructive sleep apnoea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea  is a condition where the sufferer stops breathing during their sleep due to a blockage in their airway- usually caused by the tongue closing against the soft palate. After a period of not breathing –  the sufferer wakes, resumes breathing and usually returns to sleep instantly. This process can repeat multiple times per night and can prevent prevent the sufferer from achieving a deep and satisfying sleep.

Your dentist can help with this serious condition

One way of alleviating both snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea is to wear a Mandibular Advancement Appliance – a device worn in the mouth whilst sleeping to posture the lower jaw forwards and thus position the tongue away from the soft palate and prevent the airway from closing.

At Balsall Common Dental Practice we provide ‘Somnowell‘ appliances to help people suffering from snoring or mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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Key takeaways:

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a serious condition that affects quality of life.
  • Besides snoring, OSA has other symptoms such as morning headaches, fatigue, and high blood pressure.
  • An overnight sleep study is required to diagnose whether you are suffering from OSA.

“If your dentist suspects you have OSA, he or she can arrange a sleep test for you through a neurologist to get a proper diagnosis.”

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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