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Sleep apnoea treatment

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnoea it is really important to visit your Doctor.  They can discuss your concerns, give expert advice, and help you to find a treatment that works for you.  The sleep apnoea questionnaire below is similar to one that a Doctor may ask you to fill in.

Sleep apnoea risk level questionnaire

 

Making positive lifestyle changes can usually help to improve, or even cure, sleep apnoea. The lifestyle changes Doctors recommend for people suffering with sleep apnoea are things like:

  • Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, especially just before bed
  • Cutting down on the number of cigarettes you smoke, or stopping smoking altogether
  • Losing some weight
  • Getting more exercise

The standard sleep apnoea treatment prescribed on the NHS is CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure). CPAP is a machine and attached mask (as pictured below) that works by increasing air pressure in your throat.

CPAP machine to treat sleep apnoea

This helps to keep your airway open, stopping it from collapsing and helping you to breathe normally. CPAP is effective for most people, but studies show that up to 60% of patients stop using their CPAP machine. This is often because people find CPAP uncomfortable or difficult to get used to.

The good news is that there is an alternative to CPAP that can work for many people. Mouthpieces like the Snoreeze Oral Device were invented in the USA. In the 30 years since their invention, there have been many trials testing how well these mouthpieces treat sleep apnoea. There is now lots of clinical evidence proving Oral Devices work as well as CPAP for most people suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnoea. Many people prefer using Oral Devices as they are easy to use and don’t have many side effects.

How does the Snoreeze Oral Device work?

When you stop breathing during your sleep, it can be really worrying.  But the Snoreeze Oral Device can provide an effective solution to your problem.

Snoring treatments like Snoreeze Throat Spray and Oral Strips work for many snorers. They treat the tissues of your airway to reduce the vibrations that cause snoring.  But for people with sleep apnoea, treating the tissue alone is not enough.  The Snoreeze Oral Device can treat both loud snoring and sleep apnoea by working on the muscles of your airway.  The Snoreeze Oral Device is an adjustable mouthpiece that gently holds your jaw forward, or stops it from falling backwards as you sleep, as shown in the diagram below.

How an oral device treats sleep apnoea

This returns your airway to its intended shape, preventing it from narrowing or collapsing and at the same time increasing the size of the air space behind your tongue as shown in the diagram below.

Oral Device - Muscle diagram

This allows more air to freely pass to your lungs without interruption, so you can breathe easily and quietly while you sleep. This should improve your quality of sleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and back to your normal self.

NOTE.  Sleep apnoea is a medical condition that can have serious consequences if left untreated.  Not all cases of sleep apnoea can be treated by CPAP or an Oral Device. You should consult a doctor if your symptoms persist.  If CPAP has been prescribed by your Doctor, you should talk to them before switching to an Oral Device.
Read more about sleep apnoea on our About Sleep Apnoea page.

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Question

Would you like to take a brief questionnaire to see your sleep aponea risk levels?

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Question One of Eight

Complete the following clinically approved screening questionnaire to find out if you are at risk of suffering from sleep apnoea.

Do you snore loudly? (Louder than talking, or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)

Yes
No
Question Two of Eight

Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime?

Yes
No
Question Three of Eight

Gender - Are you male?

Yes
No
Question Four of Eight

Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?

Yes
No
Question Five of Eight

Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

Yes
No
Question Six of Eight

Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 35?

Yes
No
Question Seven of Eight

Are you over the age of 50?

Yes
No
Question Eight of Eight

Is your neck circumference greater than: Male - 17" or 43cm? Female - 15" or 41cm?

Yes
No
Question Eight of Eight

You are at
risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).