Sleep apnoea is a serious condition that affects thousands of New Zealanders. Although sufferers may not even be aware of it, sleep apnoea causes you to briefly and repeatedly stop breathing while sleeping. As the name suggests, obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when the airway becomes obstructed during sleeping, to a point where no breath is coming in and the sufferer wakes up to begin breathing again. Symptoms may include snoring, feeling sleepy during the day, and not feeling rested upon waking up. If left untreated, sleep apnoea can lead to serious health issues such as strokes, heart failure, high blood pressures, diabetes and depression.
Snoring in itself can be a miserable affliction not just for the sufferer but also for their loved ones. Everyone’s quality of sleep can be seriously affected, and as with sleep apnoea it is common to not feel refreshed upon wakening and to feel tired throughout the day. Snoring is caused by partial obstruction of the airway while sleeping, and dental factors may contribute to this.
Obstructive sleep apnoea and snoring can be effectively helped with appliances which keep the airway open at night.
What Is A Sleep Apnoea Appliance?
Sleep apnoea and anti snoring appliances are custom-fitted appliances which work by keeping your jaw in a forward position while you sleep. Similar to a mouthguard, they keep your airway open and unobstructed, helping to prevent disruptive snoring, sleep apnoea and insomnia.
The appliances are custom-made and tailored to fit your mouth, which makes them comfortable and easy to get used to wearing at night. Our Dentists are experienced in designing sleep-apnoea devices which suit your specific needs, and many of our patients feel an immediate improvement.
Don’t put up with sleep apnoea or snoring. Your quality of sleep affects your total health and wellbeing, and impacts directly on your quality of life – and that of your loved ones’. Our solutions are comfortable, affordable and easy to use. We can help you to have a good night’s sleep once again.