Snoring Treatment Dublin
All about snoring
Snoring is when a person makes a snorting or rattling noise while they are asleep. It occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the mouth, nose or throat vibrates when a person breathes in and out.
Healthcare professionals use a grading system to assess the severity of a person’s snoring. There are three grades of snoring, which are described below.
Grade one snoring
Grade one snoring, also known as simple snoring, is where a person snores infrequently and the sound they make is not particularly loud.
In grade one snoring, a person’s breathing is unaffected. This means they will not experience any significant health problems related to their symptoms. However, their snoring may cause problems or issues on a personal level if it is irritating or upsetting their partner.
Grade two snoring
Grade two snoring is where a person snores on a regular basis – more than three days a week. Some people with grade two snoring may experience mild to moderate breathing difficulties during sleep because the snoring causes their airways to become narrowed. The medical term for this is upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS).
The breathing difficulties can affect the quality of a person’s sleep, which can make them to feel tired and sleepy during the day.
Grade three snoring
Grade three snoring is where a person snores every night, so loudly that it can be heard outside their room.
Many people with grade three snoring have a related condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This is where a person’s airways become partially or totally blocked for about 10 seconds.
The lack of oxygen causes the person to come out of deep sleep and into a lighter state of sleep, or to have brief period of wakefulness, in order to restore normal breathing.
Repeated episodes of snoring and waking can occur throughout the night leading to a person feeling very sleepy the following day. This may have an adverse impact on their day-to-day activities.
How common is snoring?
Snoring can affect people of all ages, including children, although it is more common in people between the ages of 40 to 60. Twice as many men than women snore.
Known risk factors for snoring include:
- obesity – being very overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above
- drinking alcohol
When treatment is needed
If you are very sleepy during the day, your snoring may be affecting your breathing and treatment will be required.
As well as disrupting your sleep and daily activities, untreated UARS and OSA can increase your risk of developing more serious conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.
Another important risk to health is that excessive daytime sleepiness can increase the risk of a person being involved in a road traffic accident. It is estimated that up to one in five road traffic accidents are the result of excessive sleepiness.
You should also seek treatment if you have simple snoring (grade one) that is causing relationship problems with your partner. Your emotional wellbeing is just as important as your physical wellbeing, so you should not worry that your GP will dismiss your snoring as a trivial problem.
Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, are usually recommended as the first treatment to try for snoring.
Snoring Treatment at the Beacon Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic, Dublin
At the Beacon Dental Clinic, based in Sandyford Dublin 18, we treat many sleep related breathing disorders including snoring, noisy disturbed sleep, sleep apnoea, CPAP intolerance and sleep bruxism (teeth grinding), with the design and fitting of customised oral / dental appliances.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. The device fits similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and prevents the airway from collapsing by either supporting the tongue or jaw in a forward position, thereby opening the airway.
With a custom fitted oral appliance, we can help minimise or eliminate the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing. Sleep apnoea (in mild to moderate cases) including loud snoring, gasping and unpleasant noises.
In the Treatment phase, you will be fitted with an oral appliance by an experienced restorative dentist with expertise in the field of dental sleep medicine, who will control and monitor your progress and response to treatment. All patients of the Beacon Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic are seen one week and one month following initial appliance delivery. You will also be provided with clear instructions as to the best use and care of your oral appliance.
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