Oral Surgery Sleep Apnoea Treatment

dental mirrorSnoring should be taken in as a serious illness. This is because it may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition wherein due to obstruction, the body lacks oxygen for its tissues. Sleep apnoea is a life threatening condition because it can bring about various medical complications. An article from http://www.berkanacollaborative.org talks about things you have to consider when you have sleep apnoea:

  • Weight loss. Losing 10 pounds or more can make a drastic difference in your ability to breathe easier.

  • Sleep on your side. When you change the position in which you sleep, you can reduce problems with the tongue shifting, causing an obstruction in the air passages.

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. People with too much caffeine in the body can struggle to sleep. Alcohol and caffeine can make a person stay awake longer, and it doesn’t allow the body to receive adequate rest.

  • Your dentist will determine if you need to undergo surgery, or other treatment options to reduce snoring problems.

  • Many people find that sleeping with a mouthguard can help with snoring problems. The mouthguard will reduce problems with teeth grinding, preventing the teeth from wearing out. A mouthguard can shift the position of the jaw when you sleep, preventing excess tissue from falling down into the throat, making it harder to breathe.

  • If your partner notices that you stop breathing when you sleep, it is a good idea to schedule a sleep study. This will give you detailed information pertaining to your sleeping habits, and will let you know what treatment methods will work the best.

  • A dentist can try using different treatment methods to manage your sleep apnoea problems. Some dentist’s will use radio frequency to shrink the tissue in the throat, reducing the likelihood of an obstructed air passage when you sleep. Radio frequency treatments will require multiple treatments over a period of several months before you do notice a difference.

  • Some dentists will use laser-assisted uvuloplasty to remove the uvula and tissue causing an obstruction in the air passages. A patient can undergo this procedure with general anesthesia, and will start noticing an immediate difference in the way they breathe as they sleep.

  • Surgical intervention for sleep apnoea must be performed by a doctor with plenty of experience. Oral surgery for sleep apnoea treatment methods will work on some patients, but it is not 100% guaranteed.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.