Sleep apnoea is a disorder and literally means “stopped breathing” or “no breath”. A person will stop breathing for 10 seconds or more and in some people that can happen hundreds of times during a sleep. Due to this consistent starvation of oxygen this can put a lot of strain on the body.
There are 3 types of Sleep Apnoea all which may be treated through lifestyle changes, surgery, CPAP machines or dental appliances.
The “gold standard” for treating sleep apnoea is the CPAP. It is a machine that continuously blows air in through the nose to open up the throat, prevent collapse and allow oxygen to flow more freely.
CPAPs are not tolerated by many sufferers who tend to stop using the machine after a few months. For these patients we are able to make oral devices that help open the airway.
For snorers where depleted oxygen is not a problem, these devices work in the same way to open the airway and prevent collapsed soft tissue from moving and making the loud snoring noise.