Why is snoring serious?

While snoring, the muscles at the back of your throat actually relax and partially close off the airway. This partial closure results in the pharyngeal walls vibrating thereby creating the sound of snoring.

What is of concern is that the pharyngeal muscles can narrow to a state where there is a total blockage of your airway. At this moment you temporarily stop breathing and experience an apnoea. This is a condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea. Snorers have a 7-fold increased risk of developing OSA ¹.

If you suffer from snoring or know someone who does, chances are you may have some degree of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). More than 1.5 million Australians suffer from sleep disorders and alarmingly, more than half of these patients suffer from OSA. This is a very serious condition that can significantly impact one’s general health.

Patients frequently suffer from daytime sleepiness, a lack of concentration and changes in mood. Severe sleep apnoea leads to a 7-fold increase in the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Would you want to take that risk?

A simple home sleep study can be used to identify if you have OSA and diagnose the severity. The main treatment options include oral devices, lifestyle changes, CPAP and occasionally surgery.

Although CPAP is the gold standard in treatment, many patients find this cumbersome. Oral devices such as mandibular advancement splints (MAS) have proven to be a very successful alternative to CPAP.

The paradigm shift!

Oventus’ O²Vent airway technology has changed the landscape of treatment options for OSA sufferers. Australian-designed and made, the O²Vent design includes an inbuilt airway that allows patients to breathe through the device while it is worn, thereby passing any nasal obstruction. The airway technology is a game-changing development that has shown excellent results.

Dr Khan is registered clinician with Oventus.

He is excited to play a part in delivering this groundbreaking device. If you have any questions or require further information, please click here to arrange a consultation with Dr Khan.

O²Vent

In it’s first clinical trial the O²Vent was shown to reduce the number of apnoeic and hypopnoeic (complete or partial airway obstruction) events by more than half in 76% of patients.

82% of patients

The O²Vent also completely stopped snoring in 82% of patients and reduced snoring by more than half in 100% of patients.

Oventus

Oventus has developed a suite of devices to ensure the correct one can be provided and tailored to your requirements.

References
¹ Young T, Palta M, Dempsey J, Skatrud J, Weber S, Badr S. The Occurrence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing among Middle-Aged Adults. New England Journal of Medicine 1993;328:1230-5.

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