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WHAT IS SNORING?
Snoring and sleepiness affects over 40% of the adult population, often causing significant health and quality of life problems.
Aside from health risks, snoring is a major cause of frustration in relationships. Many couples need to sleep in separate bedrooms which can cause discomfort and is particularly a problem when travelling.
Perhaps the most significant issue surrounding snoring is how detrimental it is to the quality of sleep of the snorer. When you breathe normally, air passes through the nose and past the flexible structures in the back of the throat such as the soft palate, uvula and tongue. Whilst you are awake muscles hold the airway open. When you fall asleep these muscles relax, and the quality of air going to your body can be significantly reduced.
Snoring is the sound of obstructed breathing during sleep in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat lose muscle tone, flop back and vibrate.
There are many and varied way to stop/control snoring. At Dr Levi’s Sleep clinic we have many options available.
Sleep CPAP machines used to be regarded as the gold standard for Sleep Apnoea however MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splints) are now being used with great success without the cumbersome and uncomfortable aspects of the CPAP machines. As a customised solution and one that is less obstructive, oral appliances are gaining more and more popularity.
Is snoring having a negative effect on your marriage?
Some possible treatments may include:
- Provent Therapy
- Theravent Therapy
- Mute Therapy
- NightShift Therapy
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Dr. Snore has a wide range of snoring solutions to ensure you and your partner have a peaceful night sleep.
NightLase is a brand new laser therapy which is being used to treat sleep apnoea. It works by warming the tissue at the back of the throat, stimulating collagen tissue and causing it to contract and tighten. Generally, a course of treatments will entail 3-4 sessions over an 8-week period. Dr Mark Levi and world renowned Dr Harvey Shiffman (Florida, USA) get an average improvement of 75% or greater using the NightLase laser treatment (with the Florida protocols). One maintenance treatment per year will be required to ensure the continued efficacy of the treatment.
The MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) and other dental devices are tailor made to fit the patient’s mouth and are worn like a mouth guard during sleep. It works to bring the jaw and tongue forward and lift the soft palate, keeping the airway open during sleep. While the efficacy of these devices is somewhat lower than that of the CPAP, compliance is much higher due to the comfort and ease of wearing the device. This means that overall, a MAS can be a better treatment option than CPAP, due to higher patient compliance. The MAS is a great option for those who have had some success with the CPAP but find the noise or discomfort of the machine irritating.
In extreme cases, patients are sometimes referred to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor for surgery. There are a variety of surgeries which can be performed to ease snoring or sleep apnoea, however they do involve a considerable amount of pain and recovery time for the patient. Furthermore, the results of surgery generally last only about two years.
CPAPThe CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, has always been considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea. This treatment involves the patient wearing a gas mask over their mouth and nose and having a pump push air through the mouth into the lungs. While this is an extremely effective way of treating sleep apnoea, it is not very comfortable, meaning patients are unlikely to use the CPAP all night every night. In fact, a recent study from Sydney University found that in the first year of being given a CPAP, patient compliance was extremely low, with most patients using the machine for just a few hours a few nights a week. So while effectiveness when wearing the mask is extremely high, the overall effectiveness of the CPAP machine is often reduced due to low patient compliance.