Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Do you have a snoring problem? Do you feel tired and sleepy during the day? While snoring is common, it can also be an indicator of the more serious condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA occurs during sleep when the airway becomes obstructed, completely blocking the flow of air and hindering breathing. Here at Newton Dental Care, we are able to help with your sleeping disorder and provide a solution for your snoring condition. 

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What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious disorder that causes the sufferer’s breathing to be interrupted by repeated pauses during sleep. An apnoea, which literally translates as “without breath”, refers to completely obstructed breathing. In clinical terms, it is the condition that causes the sufferer’s airflow to be reduced for about 10 seconds or more.

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Causes and symptoms

 

Nocturnal symptoms and effects

 

  • Snoring: Usually the first and most telling sign. Can be persistent and loud, hence causing annoyance to others, especially a spouse or partner.
  • Choking/ gasping for air: Follows after pauses in breathing during sleep. A common OSA symptom if witnessed repeatedly at night.
  • Wake up to urinate more than usual.

 

Daytime symptoms and effects

 

  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Dry mouth/ sore throat: Usually experienced in the morning when you wake up. Caused by sufferers’ tendency to breathe through mouth during sleep.
  • Morning headaches
  • Prone to irritation and mood swings: May be attributed to fatigue.
  • Lack of concentration


Treatment options

 

Sleep apnoea can be managed using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, other treatment options for the sleep disorder include surgery or oral appliance therapy. The CPAP machine is a portable unit with an attached face/nasal mask connected via tubing. The machine delivers gentle streams of pressurised air through the mask to hold the palate, nose and throat tissues open.

Contact Newtown Dental Care today to discuss your sleep apnoea treatment options, call 9519 5063 or send us an email.