Every night, all across Australia, there’s a constant battle between a snoring sleeper and a frustrated partner. This often results in an elbow to the ribs or the snorer being banished to the lounge with a pillow and blanket.
Some people have been recorded snoring as loud as 80 decibels, which is as loud as a vacuum cleaner two metres away. Although some partners would argue it’s more like a jumbo jet taking off.
Often the butt on many jokes, snoring may be an indicator of the very serious health condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Some people may even have a predisposition to OSA stemming from childhood because of narrow arches and their jaw developed into a malaligned bite.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs when the soft tissue and muscles at the back of the throat that keep the airway clear relax during sleep. This causes a blockage of the air passage and a pause in breathing, which can last from 10 seconds up to one minute. In severe cases, this can occur 10 times per hour.
The result is an elevation in adrenaline release into the bloodstream causing the snorer to jolt awake, breathe and fall back to sleep almost instantly, often unaware of waking.
In addition to daytime fatigue due to disruptive sleep patterns, OSA may also contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke as well as destabilise diabetes.
If you or your partner snore or you notice they stop breathing during sleep, schedule a consultation appointment with the iSmile Studio Dental team. We can assess the positioning of the jaw while it is relaxed and determine if your OSA could potentially be resolved with the use of a night splint. Get in touch on (03) 9888 5677 or visit our practice at 1/92 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103.