Do try this at home!
Snoring may be minimised by a few simple things you can try at home.
- Don't sleep flat on your back. Some people sew a ball to the back of their nightwear, or tuck a cushion behind their backs to prevent themselves from turning during the night. Sleeping on the side stops the tongue and soft tissues from falling to the back of the throat where they can cause snoring or even block the airway.
- Open Nasal Passages. Have a hot shower before bed. Have your doctor prescribe a nasal spray. Nasal strips may also work to lift nasal passages and open them up- if the problem exists in your nose and not within the soft palate.
- Change your pillows.
Dust mites accumulate in pillows and can cause allergic reactions that can lead to snoring.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Thin people do snore, but being overweight is one of the most common causes of snoring. If you've gained weight and started snoring, you will probably benefit from weight loss.
- Keep well hydrated. Secretions in your nose and soft palate become stickier when you're dehydrated.
- Avoid alcohol before going to bed. Alcohol causes the muscles to relax more than usual during a normal night's sleep. This added relaxation of the muscles makes the back of the throat collapse more readily, which then causes snoring.
- Quit or cut down on smoking. Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat, causing swelling and catarrh. If the nasal passages become congested, it's difficult to breathe through your nose because the airflow is decreased.
Taking it to the next level
You've tried all the sensible advice, but it's not as effective as you'd like. The next step is seeking professional help. Sleep Apnoea has a range of treatment options which our professional dental sleep team can recommend for your specific situation. These include:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). It is the most effective way to treat sleep apnoea.
- Dental Appliance Therapy. Dental or Oral appliances can be used to treat snoring,mild to moderate obstructive Sleep Apnoea and failed CPAP therapy.
- Surgery. Surgery in adults with obstructive Sleep Apnoea should only be a last resort. For example if you can’t wear CPAP or use an Oral Appliance. Surgery may be used in certain cases to help you wear these.On the other hand, surgery is normally one of the main options to treat a child with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
At Absolute Snore No More we aim to optimally treat your snoring with an oral appliance.
At your consultation we will assess your medical history, completed sleep questionaires, oral examination and radiographs to deterimine your risk of obstructive sleep apnoea and if an oral appliance is suitable.
If obstructive sleep apnoea is suspected, a diagnotic sleep study will be recommended and you will be referred to an accredited sleep laboratory.
Depending on the outcome of the diagnostic sleep study you may be referrred to a respiratory sleep physician for further management.
If your diagnostic sleep study indicates you have moderdate severe obsrtructive sleep apnoea, a treatment sleep study will also be recommended to objectively determine treatment success with the oral appliance once there is a subjective improvement such as reduced snoring and/or daytime sleepiness.
Find out more about the Dental Appliances you may require.
What will the costs be?
The cost of the consultation (item 015) is $126.00 with 1-2 relevant radiographs (item 036 and 037) to a maximum total of $341.00 for the appointment.
Costs vary with the type of treatment implemented. For mandibular advancement splints the item numbers used to cover the treatment are:
- 015 – Extended consultation
- 071 x 2 – Upper and lower study models
- 963 - Occlusal analysis
- 964 - Mounting of Diagnostic models
- 984 - Oral appliance for treatment of snoring and OSA, upper and lower arch
- 966 - Adjustment of Appliance
- A co - payment will be required with most health funds
Positional Treatment for treatment of OSA
- $40 for trial
- $275 to Purchase
At this appointment you will be advised if you require any specific general dental care prior to the placement of the oral applicance. Should dental treatment we required you will be referred back to your general dentist. If, however, you do not have a regular dentist, Absolute Dental delivers all aspects of dentistry, including restorative, preventative and cosmetic dentistry.