Snore/Obstructive Sleep Apnoea appliances
Snoring is a potentially serious problem which may have long-term medical consequences. It can lead to chronic sleep deprivation, poor concentration, morning headaches, and impaired relationships with others especially spouses and partners.
In more severe cases, the snorer may stop breathing for short periods at night, and this is known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a sleep disorder in which breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite respiratory effort. Each episode, called an apnoea lasts long enough so that one or more breaths are missed, and such episodes occur repeatedly throughout sleep. OSA poses serious health risks and can lead to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Sleep Study - To determine whether a snorer has OSA or not it is usually necessary to carry out an overnight sleep study to confirm the diagnosis. MDG uses the most recently developed, scientifically proven and FDA approved Watch PAT system. Watch PAT is a portable device for home sleep studies. The equipment is simple to set up and does not usually impair the normal sleep pattern. The next day the equipment is returned to MDG for analysis via a computer-generated report.
Treatment - There are several treatment options for snoring and OSA depending on the severity of the condition. Many individuals with mild to moderate OSA will benefit from a mandibular advancement splint (MAS). The benefit of this treatment is usually a significant reduction in daytime sleepiness and other associated symptoms, together with the abolition of snoring.
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