Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. Sleep apnoea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow. This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnoea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

Breathing Stopping & Starting

Gasping, Choking or Snorting Noises

Waking up a lot

Loud Snoring

Types of Sleep Apnoea Device

An affordable pro-standard oral appliance to alleviate symptoms of problem snoring and obstructive sleep

The most clinically proven MAS device for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea

A sleek, comfortable, and easy-to-use chrome cobalt mouthguard that ensures proper jaw positioning while you sleep

By incorporating tongue management, the Moses® appliance has improved on the effectiveness of simple mandibular splints




The Moses

Sleep Apnoea FAQs

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is when your breathing stops and starts while you sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Sleep apnoea needs to be treated because it can lead to more serious problems.

What are symptoms of Sleep Apnoea?

Symptoms of sleep apnoea mainly happen while you sleep.

  • breathing stopping and starting
  • making gasping, snorting or choking noises
  • waking up a lot
  • loud snoring

During the day, you may also:

  • feel very tired
  • find it hard to concentrate
  • have mood swings
  • have a headache when you wake up

How do you treat Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea can sometimes be treated by making lifestyle changes like losing weight, giving up smoking and reducing how much alcohol you drink. But many people need to use a device called a CPAP machine.

What are the main causes of Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea happens if your airways become too narrow while you sleep, this stops you breathing properly. Some of the main causes of sleep apnoea include: being overweight, getting older, hereditary, smoking and drinking alcohol, having large tonsils or adenoids or sleeping on your back.

What can untreated Sleep Apnoea lead to?

- Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
- Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure
- Make arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), or irregular heartbeats, more likely
- Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents
- Sleep apnoea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management

Is there tax relief on Sleep Apnoea devices?

Sleep apnoea is covered on the Med 1 form. JME Dental provide our patients with a receipt, and they can submit it with expenses through their personal Revenue account.