“Most people ignore snoring as a normal fact of life - but the reality is that it is a serious issue and in some cases could be slowly damaging your body including your brain function and respiratory health”
— Dr Meng Quah-Shepherd
An estimated one-third of the Australian population suffer from sleep disorders, leading to a lot of sleepless nights and often undiagnosed issues.
Snoring occurs when the muscles at the base of the throat relax during sleep and partially block the air passage as a result. When the air travels through the partially blocked passage, this causes the muscles to vibrate and produce the sound we know as snoring.
Snoring can be a sign of a medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). This condition occurs when the muscles at the base of the throat relax and completely block off the air passage – causing the sufferer to wake up in order to begin the breathing process again. These pauses in breathing can actually be very dangerous and can happen hundreds of times a night. If you have OSA, this could lead to serious medical conditions such as strokes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and heart attacks.
If you suffer from any of the above issues you may benefit from booking an appointment at our dental practice located in Chatswood for an assessment.
Dr Meng Quah-Shepherd works with a team of specialists that will help you towards better sleep quality and a healthier life. These treatments may include: