Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Trouble Sleeping?

Many of us have trouble getting a full night's sleep. We or our partners may snore, choke and gasp for breath at night. The following conditions may indicate that you or a loved one suffer from a sleep disordered breathing problem

High Blood Pressure

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

OSA is a Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) condition which occurs during sleep, due to the narrowing or total closure of the airway.  
When your airway is narrow, you or your partner may notice that you snore. Snoring is often no greater problem than the noise itself. However, loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

OSA occurs when the airway becomes completely blocked and breathing stops. The brain then detects the lack of oxygen and prompts a momentary arousal to draw breath. Although OSA sufferers may experience hundreds of apnoea episodes per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. In fact, if the sufferer lives alone or sleeps separately they may not be aware of their condition, even after many years.  

How do I know if I have OSA?        


If you:
Feel unrefreshed upon waking
Feel sleepy during the day
Cannot concentrate and retain information
........then you may have OSA.

I think I may have insomnia...

When you can't sleep properly, it’s easy to get sleep conditions confused. Patients often complain of insomnia but the only way to be sure which sleep condition you have is to have a sleep study.

  • 4.2 million people in Australia have a Sleep Disordered Breathing Condition(1).
  • Up to 80% of these people remain undiagnosed
  • OSA is a serious health condition

What is SomnoDent?

SomnoDent is an Oral Sleep Apnoea Appliance consisting of two dental plates, which look similar to a sports mouth guard. 
SomnoDent is custom made to fit your mouth and should be worn at night whilst you are sleeping.

How does SomnoDent work?

Using a titration key, the SomnoDent can be gradually adjusted to bring your lower jaw forward, opening up your airway.
Treatment is painless and non invasive(1). SomnoDent therapy is reversible and can be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

When is SomnoDent worn?

The SomnoDent is worn when you sleep. The device is very discrete, allowing you to close your lips so it is not obvious that you are wearing it.

Is it comfortable? 

Yes. SomnoDent is custom made to fit your mouth and it does not impinge on your tongue. You can open and close your mouth normally as the SomnoDent does not lock or fix your jaws together.

What will the SomnoMed Dentist do? 

Your SomnoMed Dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth and may use X-rays to confirm your oral health status. Once manufactured, the appliance will be inserted by your dentist who will show you how to insert and remove the SomnoDent by yourself.

What is an oral appliance?

An oral appliance is a small device, similar to an orthodontic retainer or an athletic mouthguard. It is worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. 

Are oral appliances effective in treating OSA?

Recent studies show oral appliances to be effective in treating mild to moderate OSA. The SomnoDent has also been shown to effectively treat severe obstructive sleep apnea in some cases. The SomnoDent is the only oral device to have TGA and FDA approval in Australia.  

How effective is the SomnoDent?

Studies show that:
95% of patients with proven OSA stated they would like to continue using the SomnoDent(1)
83% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality with the SomnoDent(2)
86% of patients reported nightly use of the SomnoDent3

Will my private healthfund cover some of the cost?

The SomnoDent is partially reimbursed by most private health insurers. The amount may vary from each fund and may be between $300 - $800.

Are all oral appliances as good as each other?

No. There is a range of such devices available, some of which are not custom-made or adjustable. SomnoDent greatly enhances comfort, with clinical research backing its effectiveness.  

What if I have a bridge or denture?     

Patients with crowns or bridges can be successfully fitted with the SomnoDent. 

Is SomnoDent comfortable?

The SomnoDent allows you to open and close your mouth, which means you can talk or drink with the appliance in position.
Because SomnoDent is custom made to fit your mouth, you will find the appliance to be surprisingly comfortable and discreet. You will find that you're used to wearing the device after about a week.

Is SomnoDent the right treatment for me?

If you suffer from mild to moderate OSA the SomnoDent should benefit you. If your OSA is classed as severe and you can not tolerate other recommended treatments, then speak to your Sleep Physician or a SomnoMed dentist about trying the SomnoDent.

1,2,3: Mehta A, et al: A Randomized, Controlled Study of a Mandibular Advancement Splints for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2001; 163: 1457-1461 2. Gotsopoulos H, et al: Oral Appliance Therapy Improves Symptoms in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002; 166: 743-748

Sleep Apnoea is a serious condition.
Individuals with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) 
may not be aware of a problem. 
If someone close to you has spoken of your loud snoring and has noticed that you often wake up abruptly, gasping for air,
you should consult GB Dental. 
It is often advisable have a sleep study, this is to monitor the various aspects of sleep.

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