There are approximately 15 million snorers in the United Kingdom, which, including bed partners, means that around 30 million people suffer from the negative effects of poor sleep.
The main cause is due to partial closure of the airway during sleep.
During sleep, the neck muscles relax and, for some people, the soft tissue at the top of the throat vibrates, producing the sound we know as snoring.
Now that you know about snoring, do you know about obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition that is more widespread than initially thought.
In the United Kingdom, it is suspected that 1.5 million people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, 85% of which remains undiagnosed.
The condition occurs with a frequency similar to diabetes and twice as severe asthma.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when a person stops breathing for short periods while asleep, which can be 50 to 60 times per hour in the most severe cases.
These breathing interruptions, known as episodes of apnea, occur when the airway narrows and leads to a series of debilitating side effects for the patient.
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Often, people with OSA are not aware of the severity of the disease.
Those who show side effects often consult their GP, which can lead to lifestyle change suggestions, which have little impact on snoring or sleep apnea.
Clinically proven for the treatment of snoring and OSA, patients can relieve symptoms with the use of a mandibular advancement splint (MAS).
This works by keeping the jaw in a protruding position, preventing the jaw from falling back to sleep and obstructing the airway.
With snoring as a common problem in the UK, you, the dentist, can help.
With four clinically proven treatment options for patients, get more information with Professor Ama Johal in his one-day seminar, Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Role for GDP.
With a value of six hours of verifiable ECPD, this seminar provides you with the necessary knowledge to begin to implement the treatment in your practice and also includes the essential tools for evaluating patients to assess sleep-related breathing disorders.
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