Snore and Sleep Apnoea Appliance

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?

OSA is a Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) condition which occurs during sleep, due to the narrowing or total closure of the airway.   It is also referred to as Sleep Apnea in the US.
When your airway is narrow, you or your partner may notice that you snore.
Snoring is often no greater problem than the noise itself. However, loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

OSA occurs when the airway becomes completely blocked and breathing stops. The brain then detects the lack of oxygen and prompts a momentary arousal in order to draw breath. Although OSA sufferers may experience hundreds of Apnoea episodes per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. In fact, if the sufferer lives alone or sleeps separately they may not be aware of their condition, even after many years.Sleep Apnoea Hornsby Dentist

How do I know if I have OSA?

If you:

  • Feel unrefreshed upon waking
  • Feel sleepy during the day
  • Cannot concentrate and retain information

then you may have OSA.

What should I do next?

Visit your GP and request a sleep test. When you are diagnosed by a Sleep Physician, you can discuss your suitability for a SomnoDent.

Once you have been diagnosed you can visit us to have impressions taken and a SOMNODENT appliance made.