Anyone who snores through the night and wakes feeling sluggish could have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
The condition can contribute to weight gain, depression, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart attacks.
Sleep physicians can recommend only two proven treatments for snoring and OSA: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices; and custom-made oral appliances made by trained dentists to bring the lower jaw forward, opening the back of the throat and keeping the airway open.
However, 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” says Dr Sam Talpis, clinical co-founder of Dental Sleep Clinic Australia.
The business is Geelong’s only sleep clinic exclusively making oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnoea.
Created from superior-strength materials, which allow the appliances to be thin and comfortable, Dental Sleep Clinic Australia’s device is manufactured in Melbourne with 3D technology.
“We receive referrals from sleep physicians, GPs, ENTs and other dentists. People can also make an appointment directly with us,” Dr Talpis says.