Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Almost everyone snores occasionally, while around 1 in 3 people worldwide snore regularly. While snoring can be harmless, it may also be a symptom of Sleep Apnoea, a condition where the sufferer periodically stops breathing during sleep for a few seconds each time, causing the sufferer to wake briefly. They may not be aware of this, but the quality of their sleep can be severely affected.
We can treat snoring and sleep apnoea painlessly and without any permanent changes to your body by providing a custom fit anti-snoring device (like a small mouthguard). It is one of the least expensive and most successful medical treatments to stop snoring.
Tooth grinding, particularly at night, is very common, affecting up to 50% of people. It can cause sore facial muscles, headaches, ear aches and neck pain, and can also cause the teeth to become ground down and more sensitive.
There are many causes of tooth clenching or grinding, including stress, anxiety, poorly aligned teeth and problems with the jaw joint. By reducing your stress levels you may see a dramatic change in your tooth-grinding habits. However, it may also be necessary for us to provide you with a small appliance (somewhat like a custom made mouthguard) to reduce the wear on the teeth and to alleviate the symptoms. We would recommend that anyone who feels that they may be clenching or grinding their teeth should arrange an appointment with us for a comprehensive examination.
If you are an adult with crooked or spaced teeth, ask us about 6 month smiles cosmetic orthodontics.
We screen all our patients for potential orthodontic problems and will recommend referral to a local orthodontist for full diagnosis and treatment as required. Orthodontic treatment may be by traditional fixed braces or by methods such as Invisalign if your clinical situation is suitable.