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Sleep Apnoea Treatment

Your Dentist Can Help

Woman with pillow over ears next to man snoringSleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, however it can cause some worrying effects for sufferers if left untreated. Thankfully, finding relief for this condition can be as simple as visiting your local dentist at My Dentist.

What is Sleep Apnea?

An ‘apnea’ is where the body completely stops breathing and a ‘hypopnea’ occurs when the breath is severely restricted. Both of these actions can occur between 5 – 100 times per hour in a person suffering from sleep apnea. It is most commonly caused by obstructions during sleep, especially when the walls of the upper airway (including the tongue) relax, causing breathing restrictions.

What are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Sometimes, the symptoms of sleep apnea can be so subtle that a person may not be aware that they are suffering from it. If you recognise any of the following signs, you may have the condition:

  • Day-time sleepiness (even after a lengthy sleep the night before)
  • An inability to concentrate during the day
  • Snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability

What are the Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea?

Sadly, sleep apnea can cause more than just a bad night’s sleep for both you and your partner. Patients suffering from this sleep disorder are also more prone to the following conditions:

    • Severe tiredness (which can cause potentially dangerous lapses in concentration)
    • Increased heart rate
    • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic changes
  • Impaired liver function
  • Nerve dysfunction

How Can My Dentist Help?

Our experienced dentists can assess your mouth, tongue, and soft tissues for any signs of obstructions or related concerns. We also work with other health care professionals to ensure you receive individually-tailored, expert treatment to help overcome the condition.

Additionally, we are able to treat mild and moderate sleep apnea sufferers with a device known as a dental mandibular advancement splint. This helps to maintain an open airway during sleep and can also alleviate snoring.

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