Snoring affects more than 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women. Could you be one of them?
Snoring is no joke for anyone who’s life is affected by it. Causing many couples to sleep in separate rooms, it can have a seriously negative impact on relationships and health.
Every night, sleep apnoea syndrome steals sleep from millions of people, most of whom don’t realise the impact on their health. Apart from a lack of sleep, medical research now shows snoring can indicate a more serious health condition, sleep apnoea.
Pauses in breathing are a sign you could have sleep apnoea
Apnoea is the Greek expression for “without a breathe” or “want of breathe”.
If your sleep is repeatedly disturbed by snoring, choking, or halts in breathing that wake you during the night, you may suffer from this disruptive sleep disorder. Failing to diagnose early can see sleep apnoea lead to high blood pressure, even triggering heart attack eventually.
Signs that you may have sleep apnoea include:
- Loud snoring
- Daytime fatigue
- Problems concentrating during the day
There is safe, effective treatment for sleep apnoea
You do not need to go without sleep because of snoring or sleep apnoea. Before recommending a treatment pathway, we will do a comprehensive assessment of your oral health, identifying any other factors, which may be contributing to your condition.
Treatment generally involves wearing an appliance to keep airways open during rest. In more advanced cases, a small breathing appliance may be introduced to increase oxygen supply.
Want to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep once more? Let’s intercept your snoring problems now and restore your health.
Snoring and tension headaches: are they affecting your life
Do you experience constant headaches, pain, lack of sleep, poor concentration? Are your everyday activities affected?
Stress could be the cause of your tension headaches
Many people are surprised to learn stress can affect bite function and jaw posture, which in turn, can cause tension headaches.
An incredible 90 percent of tension headaches are “myalgia” or inflammation of the muscles of the face, neck and jaw. The good news is there are physical signs which can indicate an underlying sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea:
- Limitation of jaw opening
- Clenching habit
- Jaw clicking
- Tooth grinding
- Deviation of jaw opening
If jaw muscles need to work hard to bring your teeth together - because of a bad bite - these muscles will become tense and inflamed. Inflammation is a sign muscles are swollen. Nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics lying between muscles, and between muscles and bone can press onto these nerves and blood vessels. The result? Painful and debilitating tension headaches.
Treatment for tension headaches
Before prescribing any treatment for stress or tension headaches, we will complete an extensive oral examination to find the cause. Treatments vary, and will depend on the outcomes of our initial assessment. Solutions often include treatment of the jaw joint and its surrounding muscles with tailored oral appliances and, if necessary, assistance form other allied health professionals.
Let us help free you of stress and tension headaches.