YAP Ming Tian was aware that he was a snorer but it soon progressed to him waking up in the middle of the night gasping for breath. His daughter, who is a doctor, recognised it as apnoea.
Apnoea sufferers are often diagnosed when they are exhausted and cannot function properly.
Most people are unaware that they suffer from it but it is a common problem. It interrupts deep sleep and renders you tired the next day.
Apnoea is potentially lifethreatening as it raises blood pressure, reduces the flow of oxygen to the brain and can possibly lead to stroke, heart attack and even death.
Sufferers have been known to experience impaired mental abilities, troubled emotions, disrupted work performance, memory problems, weight gain, impotence and headaches.
Conventional treatment methods involve the use of nasal continuous positive airway pressure devices and if the condition is particularly serious, doctors may recommend surgery.
Fortunately, Yap’s daughter found a mandibular device called the Somnoguard that she felt suited her father’s needs.
The Somnoguard is made from a flexible material and resembles dentures. Fitting involves boiling the mouldable thermoplastic, cooling it and inserting it into the mouth for the correct fit and bite.
Developed in Germany by medical enterprise Tomed Dr Toussaint GmbH in cooperation with ENT ( ear, nose and throat) university clinics of Mannheim, Germany, the device serves to shift the lower jaw forward during sleep. This allows the respiratory tract to open up further.
Advancement of the lower jaw by up to 10mm with 0.5mm accuracy is made with the adjustment of a screw on the device.
Clinical examinations in the Mannheim sleep laboratory showed that snoring in 80% of patients disappeared completely or almost completely with the use of this oral device. The rate of dangerous nocturnal breathing arrests was reduced by up to 60%.
When Yap first tried the device, he slept soundly for the first time in years. He has since decided to be a distributor of the device to help fellow sufferers in Malaysia.
Approved by European health authorities and the United States Food and Drug Administration, the device is convenient to use and can be stored easily when travelling.
For more information, call 03- 7954 3622.
The Somoguard helped alleviate Yap‘ s apnoea so he can sleep through the night.