Snoring throughout the night, waking feeling sluggish and struggling through the day may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
According to clinical co-founder of Dental Sleep Clinic Australia Dr Sam Talpis, OSA can contribute to weight gain, depression, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart attacks.
“There are currently only two proven treatments for snoring and OSA recommended by sleep physicians,” Dr Talpis said.
“(These include) continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices and custom-made oral appliances made by trained dentists, which bring the lower jaw forward, opening the back of the throat and keeping the airway open.”
However, Dr Talpis explained that many people using a CPAP machine find it uncomfortable and struggle to use it for more than four hours a night.
“Don’t let snoring and the effects of OSA ruin your relationship and quality of life – there is a highly effective treatment right now,” he said.
“Dental Sleep Clinic Australia is the only clinic in the Geelong area exclusively making oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnoea. Created from superior strength materials which allow the appliances to be thin and comfortable, the device is manufactured in Melbourne with 3D technology.”
The Dental Sleep Clinic Australia receives referrals from sleep physicians, GPs, ENTs and other dentists. Appointments are available by phoning 5223 9900 or visiting dentalsleepclinicaustralia.com.au.