Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Has your snoring impacted your quality of life? Does your loud snoring force you and your partner to sleep in separate rooms? Do you awaken feeling sleepy or unrested or do you have difficulty concentrating?

If you’ve answered yes – then you may be at risk for sleep apnoea.

Sleep Disordered Breathing (Apnoea)

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a medical condition that limits the amount of airflow patients obtain during sleep due to excessive or loose tissue at the back of the throat. Many patients may not realise they have sleep apnoea unless a partner informs them of choking or stopped breathing during sleep. It is often characterised by loud snoring.

Not all instances of snoring indicate the presence of sleep apnoea, but because of the serious health implications of apnoea, patients are advised to seek an accurate diagnosis from an accredited sleep practitioner.

Some people are more likely to develop sleep apnoea:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Thick neck circumference
  • Males
  • Over the age of 40

While these characteristics increase risk, anyone – including children – can have sleep apnoea.

Treatment of Sleep Apnoea

When you receive a diagnosis of sleep apnoea, your sleep specialist will also make recommendations for treatment based on the severity of your condition. In some cases, this includes CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy in which a continuous flow of air delivered through a facemask helps keep airways open and increases oxygen intake, supporting healthy sleep and organ function.

A few problems can make it difficult for patients to comply with CPAP treatment, however, including:

  • Noise from the machine
  • Awkward facemasks
  • Reduction of mobility
  • Challenges during travel

This can have drastic consequences since the risks of going without treatment include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Mood disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction

Untreated obstructive sleep apnoea also makes daytime fatigue a challenge and a danger when operating machinery or a vehicle.

Dr Lavery Uses Oventus Apnoea Appliances

At Martina Lavery Dental & Skin Studio, Dr Martina offers an alternative for mild to moderate apnoea with COAT, continuous oral appliance therapy. Her appliance of choice is called the Oventus O2Vent. Oventus is an Australian-based company dedicated to improving sleep disordered breathing and improved health for snoring and apnoea patients. These appliances work to open the airway by gently moving the lower jaw forward, removing the obstruction and drawing air through the front of the device. Most patients find oral appliance therapy preferable to CPAP therapy because of greater comfort and convenience.

Oventus device animation from Martina Lavery on Vimeo.

Recent O2Vent studies showed that 100 percent of patients experience a significant reduction in snoring and 82 percent experience complete elimination of snoring. When used for apnoea, 76 percent reduced their apnoea index.

Oventus how it works animation from Martina Lavery on Vimeo.

Ask Dr Lavery at your consultation or check-up appointment how we treat snoring and apnoea using a bespoke oral appliance.