Snoring affects over 45% of the adult population. The effects of snoring can be extremely disruptive to relationships, affecting the sleep of partners, family members, and friends during trips away. While the vast majority has what is known as simple snoring, which usually causes no significant medical problems, around 8% of these people may have a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnoea requiring referral to a sleep disorder physician.
Obstructive sleep apnoea can be harmful to health and may ultimately lead to life-threatening conditions such as stroke, heart disease or an increase in blood pressure.
The use of specialised mouthpieces known as oral appliances can be an effective method of treating both snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. Oral appliances are fitted by a dentist who is trained in their use, sometimes in consultation with a respiratory or sleep-disorder physician.