Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Do you snore, does your partner complain of being kept awake by your snoring?
Are you unable to get the much-needed rest when you sleep?
Do you wake up feeling exhausted or have frequent headaches, particularly upon waking?
Has your partner told you that you stop breathing during sleeping? All of these are common signs that you need to investigate further to rule out or treat sleep Apnoea.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition in which breathing stops involuntarily for brief periods of time during sleep. Periods when breathing stops are called apnoea or apnoeic episodes.
If we have identified issues with snoring /OSA, mandibular advancement splint (MAS) may be an option.
You may need an ENT consult and sleep study prior to using MAS
If you clench your teeth together or have been told by your partner that you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may experience painful headaches and tension in the jaw, neck and shoulders. The majority of sufferers are women.
Grinding your teeth at night can cause tooth damage and disturbed sleep. The condition can be associated with factors such as stress, anxiety, excessive caffeine intake and Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
These are few of the symptoms we see in people who grind their teeth
- A limited range of motion in the jaw
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Chipped, flat or worn teeth – chipped or flat, sensitive teeth
- Pain in the jaw
- Broken dental fillings and even crowns
- Headaches and Migraines
- Tension in jaw muscles – tight, sore jaw muscles
- Pain during chewing food
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Splint is the most common option to treat clenching / grinding. It will look like mouth guard, but hard made out of acrylic. Splints fits over your teeth, covering them and prevents your teeth from being able to touch so that they can’t be further worn down.
There are different types of splints and our team will fabricate one for you after carefully evaluating your condition.