While it’s the subject of many jokes, snoring is no laughing matter. One of the consequences people have with snoring is that it interrupts their breathing at night, and can cause sleep apnoea, which is when the brain and body are deprived of oxygen.
If you have sleep apnoea, you may wake up feeling tired, lethargic, or feel like you haven’t even slept, even though you’ve been in bed for eight hours. These types of conditions can be harmful. That’s why it’s important to get sleep apnoea investigated by your dentist or GP.
How Devices May Help
A device that helps keep your airway open during the night can be helpful. These include a SomnoDent sleep device or the Australian designed O2Vent.
What to Expect
At Brentford Dental, we’ll look at your airway and talk to you about all the different symptoms you have.
If your dentist thinks you may benefit from this type of device, we will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth and send it to the laboratory.
The lab will then make a sleep device that will fit you, so you can wear it comfortably at night and breathe easier while you sleep.
The result is a decrease in symptoms, and likely also a reduction or cessation in snoring.
Sleep Apnoea and Snoring Consultations
Put snoring and sleep apnoea to bed!
Contact Brentford Dental today to schedule an appointment to start your journey to better sleep!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance cover a snoring device?
Depending on your health insurance, for your device to be covered, you may need a sleep study. Your GP would need to refer you to a sleep physician, who can arrange a sleep study, which will then give the specialist recommendation needed for a sleep device.
Do I need to see a specialist to get a dental appliance?
No, unless you’re going to claim from your health insurance. In that case, you may need to see a specialist. Ask your health insurance provider about their requirements.
Is wearing the appliance uncomfortable?
No, that’s because it’s custom-fitted to your mouth.
How do I care for my appliance?
It is important to clean your device every day, just like you do your own teeth.
Is a CPAP machine better than a sleep device?
CPAP machines are recommended in some cases – and sleep devices in others – it all depends on your particular circumstances. The examination that we do, or your GP does, should give a good indication. However some people may use them for different purposes – for instance use a CPAP machine at home, and a device when travelling for work. So there is no good or bad here – it is what works for you, to solve your particular sleep issues.