“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone” Anthony Burgess
It is estimated that over 40% of the adult population snore, and 100% of those that sleep beside us are not impressed.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is the sound of obstructed breathing during sleep. When the soft tissues at the back of your throat lose muscle tone, they flop back and vibrate. While 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.
Is snoring having a negative effect on your relationship?
Aside from possible health risks, snoring is also a major cause of frustration in relationships.
Many couples need to sleep in separate bedrooms, causing stress and discomfort. It’s also a big problem when travelling or sleeping away from home.
Can Snoring be stopped?
Fortunately, there are many and varied ways to stop or control your snoring.
We do often recommend first that you have a (bulk-billed) sleep study to rule out any deeper issues than basic snoring.
We have many proven solutions to stop the noise . . .
- Mute™ nasal inserts – inserts that keep your nares open, but without the skin tearing effect of external nasal strips
- Theravent™ – a simple, ingenious therapy that uses back pressure from your nose to stop the vibration that causes snoring sounds
- NightShift™ Positional Therapy – small and extremely effective neck worn device that keeps you on your side, and trains you to stay there. Guaranteed.
- Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) – adjustable, custom fitted mouth guard type devices that keep your air passage open by moving your jaw forward.
- NightLase™ Laser Therapy – a laser is used to painlessly tighten the tissues at the rear of your throat, thus enlarging the air passage.
- and nPAP Therapy – 100% effective if used properly. Portrayed as Darth Vader like, but used by millions of people worldwide successfully and effectively every night.
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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.