While everybody will snore occasionally, sleep apnoea is a very different matter and can affect your general health. Sleep apnoea is characterised by frequent pauses in breath during sleep and often people with this problem will restart breathing with a loud grasp. This can occur hundreds of times a night resulting in sufferers feeling excessively sleepy during the daytime, while other more serious problems include an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes or strokes.
Sleep apnoea is often caused by the airway collapsing during sleep as the muscles relax. If you have this problem then Dr Poulos can provide a custom-made night splint that will comfortably reposition your jaw, helping to hold open your airway during sleep. This can be very effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnoea.