Snoring and sleep apnoea – how can you help?
There are approximately 15 million snorers in the UK, which, including bed partners, means around 30 million people are suffering from the negative effects of poor sleep.
The main cause is due to the partial closure of the airway during sleep.
During sleep, muscles in the neck relax and for some people the soft tissue in the upper throat vibrates, which makes the sound we know as snoring.
Now you know about snoring do you know about obstructive sleep apnoea?
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a serious medical condition that is more widespread than initially thought.
In the UK, it is suspected that 1.5 million people are suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea, 85% of which remain undiagnosed.
The condition occurs on a similar frequency as diabetes, and double that of severe asthma.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs when a person stops breathing for brief periods while asleep, which can be up to 50 to 60 times per hour in the most severe cases.
These breathing interruptions, known as apnoeic episodes, occur when the airway narrows and leads to a number of debilitating side effects for the sufferer.
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Often those suffering from OSA are unaware of the severity of the condition.
Those showing side effects often consult their GP, which can lead to lifestyle change suggestions, having little impact on the snoring or sleep apnoea.
Clinically proven for the treatment of snoring and OSA, patients can relieve symptoms with the use of a mandibular advancement splint (MAS).
This works by holding the mandible in a protrusive position, inhibiting the jaw from dropping back in sleep and obstructing the airway.
With snoring a prevalent issue in the UK, you, the dentist can help.
With four clinically proven treatment options for patients, find out more with Professor Ama Johal on his one-day seminar, Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea – a role for the GDP.
Worth six hours of verifiable ECPD, this seminar equips you with the knowledge to begin implementing treatment in your practice and also includes the essential tools to screen patients for assessing sleep related breathing disorders.