Straight Teeth Talk: The Dangers of Sleep Apnoea

straight teethSleep apnoea is a medical problem in which there is cessation of breathing and reduction of ventilation during sleep. With sleep apnoea, oxygen levels can go way below 90 percent. When the oxygen level drops significantly in the bloodstream, it drops everywhere, including vital organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, etc. This leads the sleep apnoea sufferer to develop other illnesses such as stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure and other medical problems.

An article from has talked about the dangers of sleep apnoea.

  • Sleep apnoea leads to low oxygen levels at night. This long-term effect of oxygen levels going up and down for eight or so hours on a daily basis creates a condition called oxidative stress. This stress creates inflammation on the inside walls of the blood vessels, further causing plaque formation and atherosclerosis.

  • People with sleep apnoea are most likely to have gastroesophageal reflux disorder, in which acid is moving from the stomach to the mouth. It is thought that pressure leaks stomach acid into the mouth. This heartburn/chest-burning feeling is also a reason people are awakened in the middle of the night.

  • Sleep apnoea leads to wearing of the teeth, predominately in the front.

  • This sleep problem may be due to a large tongue that fills the back of the throat.

  • This leads to shiny teeth with potholes in the enamel.

  • A lower jaw that is bigger than the upper can predispose one to have sleep apnoea and snoring.

  • Sleep apnoea leads to a history of nighttime and morning headaches.

  • A large neck can predispose one to have sleep apnoea.

  • Being overweight and snoring can cause sleep apnoea.

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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.