Specialised Dentistry > Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Snoring while sleeping is the sound produced by vibration of the walls of an obstructed airway. The obstruction can be worse in some individuals when they are on their backs as the tongue and/or the jaw drops backwards obstructing the airway.


Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a more serious medical condition during which breathing is stopped for a minimum of 10 seconds several times an hour during sleep.


Symptoms of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are related to a regular sleep disruption causing a shortage of oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body.  Symptoms include tiredness, sleepiness and memory impairment. They are also linked to behavioural problems in children like bed wetting and Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Without proper diagnosis and treatment the effects of sleep problems can be life threatening and can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and work and driving accidents.


At The Dental Gallery we endeavour to detect these problems in adults and children via a thorough history and examination. We can then recommend appropriate specialist assessment either by a sleep physician or Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. Your sleep is analysed by an overnight sleep study (PSG-Polysomnography) in either hospital or at home. Once a diagnosis is made we can manage snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea with a specially designed sleep appliance (which is worn while sleeping). Cases of severe sleep apnoea will require CPAP therapy. Proper management of your sleeping problem will improve your health, performance and quality of life. Find out more about Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and a solution for your condition at your next dental appointment with us.