Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea

Treatment with SomnoDent®

Loud snoring. Tossing and turning in bed. Waking up gasping for air. Feeling exhausted and unrefreshed upon waking in the morning. These are some of the more common symptoms of sleep apnoea, a severe sleep disorder that can have serious consequences if not treated. Did you know that one out of every four Australians is at risk of developing sleep apnoea?

What Does Someone With Sleep Apnoea Experience?

Obstructive sleep apnoea happens when the throat is wholly or partially blocked during sleep. A sufferer may stop breathing for a bit of time and then will wake up briefly. Episodes can occur several times a night, with most people unaware that it’s occurring. Individuals with sleep apnoea often find out from their spouse or partner that they are snoring loudly.

Some Risk Factors

Though sleep apnoea can affect people of all ages, it tends to be more common in middle-aged and older individuals who snore. If you are overweight, you are at higher risk of developing the disorder. If you have a narrow throat or nasal passage or a child with enlarged tonsils or adenoids, there is also an increased risk.

If it’s not treated, sleep apnoea can have severe consequences. These include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Impotence
  • Poor memory

As those with sleep apnoea are often chronically fatigued, they also are at risk of experiencing workplace and motor vehicle accidents.

Our Approach to Addressing Sleep Apnoea

If you believe you have sleep apnoea, we can examine you and coordinate your care with your other healthcare practitioners. If your case is mild, there are some actions you can take to help resolve your sleep apnoea. These include losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption and sleeping on your side.

For more severe cases, however, we can custom-create a SomnoDent® dental appliance that consists of separate upper and lower plates. The appliance moves the lower jaw forward, permitting oxygen to move through your airways as it should while you sleep.

The SomnDent design is proven to be safe and effective, offering superior comfort with full lip seal and allows normal mouth opening for speech and drinking.


It’s vital that you don’t ignore sleep apnoea. If you suspect you have this sleep disorder, please contact our Croydon practice today to book a consultation.