Snoring is defined as an acoustic phenomenon, of variable intensity, caused by the vibration of the soft palate. This in turn is caused by turbulence inside the airway during inspiration due to a partial blockage of the airway passage.
For most of us snoring is a sign of deep sleep. However, for others it may signify a serious problem. Snoring is most prevalent in men, especially those over 60 years of age and is thought to be as high as 60%. One of the reasons quoted for this phenomenon is that fat deposition in men tends to occur in the upper body, particularly the neck. It is estimated that 40% of all women over 60 years of age as well as 10% of men and 5% of women over 30 years of age snore. Many of them are unaware they sore, however their sleep partners are!
The management of mild or occasional snoring may be alleviated by simple self-help lifestyle changes. These changes include losing excess weight, regular exercise plus an absence of alcohol prior to bedtime, heavy meals and medication that can induce drowsiness.
Whilst snoring itself is relatively harmless (although very irritating to a partner), it can also develop into, or be a symptom of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), the most common form of sleep apnoea is characterised by the air being prevented from entering your lungs, due to an obstruction. As a result, you stops breathing for a period of time. The obstruction is usually caused by a lack of muscle tone within the upper respiratory tract causing it to narrow.
People suffering with OSA will find themselves waking up at night abruptly with a loud snore or sudden gasp of breath in order to obtain air. Overtime, those suffering from undiagnosed OSA may find that they become lethargic during the daytime, which could place them in danger during normal tasks such as driving.
It is important to state that whilst Dr Mike Deasy, the Dentist at Bushy Park Dental, can identify patients with sleep and breathing disorders and is well able to participate in their treatment, diagnosis and treatment are the domain of the medical profession.
Sleep apnoea may cause:
- Relationship problems
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Daily tiredness and concentration problems
- High blood pressure
- Heart racing sensation
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased risk of heart attack
The device: Orthoapnea® by Dr Mike Deasy, the Dentist at Bushy Park Dental, is a state of the art patented mandibular advancement device (MAD) designed as a form of treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea.
It is useful in circumstances where there is increased resistance of the upper airway (IRSUA) and for patients with severe apnoea, who cannot tolerate CPAP. Finally, it is also effective in the treatment of bruxism (grinding and gnashing of your teeth).
The main advantage of the Orthoapnea® device over other similar devices on the market is its precision controlled advancement, giving this device a great range of adjustability, whilst still allowing you sideways movement AND open and closed movements of the jaw. No other device currently on the market allows you this much freedom.
The Orthoapnea® comprises of upper and lower dual laminate splints, soft inside for comfort, hard outside for durability, held together by an advanced titanium screw which allows for millimetre protrusive adjustments to be made. This type of construction ensures that the Orthoapnea® is the least intrusive and most comfortable device used for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea currently available.
This device boasts the advantage of a proven track record in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea, being used in several clinical studies and prescribed as a form of treatment by leading hospitals in Continental Europe.
The Orthoapnea® comes with a 1 year warranty from the date of fitting. Orthoapnea® the intra Oral Device that can help restore your and your partner’s sleep and quality of life.
There are a number of MADs available from a variety of sources. If you follow the links below you will find further information on snoring , sleep apnoea and MADs
Dr Mike Deasy, the Dentist at Bushy Park Dental is a member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine.
“I know that the OrthoApnea device is truly effective at preventing snoring, I wear one.
My wife is also truly delighted that it works”
Dr Mike Deasy, the Dentist at Bushy Park Dental