Sleep apnoea affects many Australians each year and has the potential to cause dire consequences if not treated
Do you find you are constantly tired? Is sleeping during the day commonplace for you? You may be suffering from sleep apnoea. Unfortunately, this condition is generally very hard to diagnose as the patients and even their partners may not it is occurring.
What is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
Sleep apnoea is a condition that affects breathing during the night. An obstruction caused by the tongue or tissues in the throat causes breathing becomes shallow, or you even stop while you are asleep. This can happen hundreds of times a night—lasting anywhere from a few seconds to a minute until your brain realises it’s not getting air. Patients then become semi-conscious and regain breathing.
One of the hardest things about OSA is that suffers don’t know they have it. You don’t regain consciousness when you stop breathing your body kick starts the breathing and lapse back into sleep. But this does cause a sleep apnoea sufferer to wake up tired in the morning.
The reduces oxygen received during the night can be problematic to the entire body and could potentially cause serious conditions in vital organs.
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea
Did you know those who suffer from sleep apnoea are more likely to be involved in a car accident than drink drivers? This is because some of the symptoms of sleep apnoea are:
- Poor concentration
- Irritability and mood changes
- Daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and tiredness
- Need to go to the toilet a lot during the night
- Impotence and reduced sex drive
Another indicator of the condition is snoring.
What causes snoring?
Snoring occurs for many reasons. Some of those reasons are:
- Being overweight and have excess tissue around the neck.
- Smoking can cause inflammation in the airways and therefore irritates nasal passages.
- Medication, sleeping pills, and antihistamines slow down the brain’s responses which cause more relaxation than usual.
- Alcohol for the same reason as certain medication.
- Allergies cause your nasal passages to swell
- Having a narrow throat
- Enlarged adenoids
- Cleft palate
How Access Dental Care in Perth can help you with snoring
When you visit one of three practices across Perth, Perth CBD, Bull Creek or Perth East, one of our friendly dental team can help to diagnose your condition. The way this is achieved is with a sleep study. When the extent of your sleep apnoea is determined (from mild to severe) we will custom-make a device for you. This is called a mandibular advancement device and functions by holding your lower jaw and tongue forward which helps to keep your airway open while you sleep.
Sleep Apnoea and Snoring Treatment in Perth
If you would like to know more about snoring and sleep apnoea, and how Access Dental Care in Perth can help you, please contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder characterised by interruptions in breathing during sleep. It can cause symptoms such as loud snoring, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating, and may lead to more serious health problems over time. Treatment options are available and it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional if you suspect you have sleep apnoea. There are two main classifications of sleep apnoea, which are Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA).
Sleep apnoea cannot be cured, but it can be effectively managed with proper treatment, such as lifestyle changes, breathing devices, or surgery. The effectiveness of treatment varies, but most people can effectively manage their symptoms with proper diagnosis and treatment. It’s important to seek medical advice if you suspect you have sleep apnoea, as untreated sleep apnoea can lead to more serious health problems.
An effective treatment option for sleep apnoea is the use of a mandibular advancement device (MAD). A MAD is a dental appliance that fits over the teeth and pushes the lower jaw forward during sleep, which helps to keep the airway open. MADs are most effective for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea and may be recommended as an alternative to CPAP therapy for those who cannot tolerate the mask or for those who prefer a less intrusive treatment option.