Do you or your partner have trouble getting to sleep due to snoring? Do you often wake up tired and lethargic? If yes, then it is possible that you have a condition called Sleep Apnoea. Consult our professional team immediately by booking an appointment on (02) 9922 1476.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea (or more correctly obstructive sleep apnoea) is a condition that affects many adults. In sleep apnoea, the airway in your throat that leads from the nose and mouth to the lungs collapses when you fall asleep, and causing the muscles to relax.
If the collapse is severe enough it causes an apnoea (absence of breath). If it is a partial collapse it usually causes snoring. A person with severe sleep apnoea may have hundreds of these events each night which results in lack of oxygen to the body’s vital organs and disrupted sleep.
How can sleep apnoea be treated?
Long term consequences are high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and, of course, sleepiness. There are many treatments that have been tried for sleep apnoea but the treatment that is most effective, controlling the symptoms in almost everyone who uses it effectively, is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).
Unfortunately, some people with sleep apnoea do not tolerate CPAP and turn to other treatments such as surgery to the airway or an oral appliance. Oral appliances are also called mandibular advancement splints (MAS) or mandibular advancement devices (MAD).
The usual oral appliance consists of a “mouth guard” fitted to both the top teeth and the bottom teeth and then joined together in such a way that the bottom teeth end up in front of the top teeth. Pushing the bottom jaw forward in most people opens up the airway and supports it so that it is less likely to collapse. This helps to reduce either the number or severity of the apnoea events.
Treatments for snoring
If your problem is not sleep apnoea but just that you snore, and snoring is causing distress to you or your family, an oral appliance may be a solution. An oral appliance, properly fitted, is usually quite effective in stopping or reducing snoring. Whilst snoring may seem like a less important medical condition it is still important to have it managed properly because it may be a pointer to more serious sleep apnoea.
Talk to us for more information!
At North Sydney Dental Practice, we work closely with sleep physicians who will diagnose your condition and recommend appropriate treatments.
If you feel that you may require a treatment for Sleep Apnoea, contact our experienced team in North Sydney to arrange a consultation and get a full explanation of treatment options.