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What Is Sleep Apnoea?

May 4, 2021
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Posted By: Clifton Hill Dental
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Sleep apnoea is a sleep condition that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. This can happen several times through the night, depriving your body of needed oxygen. Left untreated. Sleep apnoea may lead to severe consequences related to the heart and other vital organs. If you have this condition, you may also suffer from hypertension, diabetes complications, daytime sleepiness, anxiety, and more.

Your dentist near me may be able to help.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnoea in Clifton Hill

Typically, sleep apnoea is diagnosed through analysis at a sleep clinic or through an at-home device that monitors your sleep. Following analysis, your sleep specialist makes a recommendation for treatment.

Signs of Sleep Apnoea and Risk Factors

Symptoms of sleep apnoea may include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping
  • Morning fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood change
  • Sore throat
  • Bruxism
  • Headache
  • Neck/shoulder pain

Snoring is considered one of the major sleep apnoea symptoms, but not everyone who snores has a sleep condition.

Risk factors may include:

  • Obesity
  • Neck thickness
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw health issues

Bruxism is a condition that causes you to grind and clench your teeth during sleep. Some studies have linked bruxism to sleep apnoea. Bruxism may cause tooth wear, tooth fractures, head, neck, and shoulder pain.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Clifton Hill

One of the most common treatments for sleep apnoea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a machine that delivers oxygen through a facemask. While this is an effective treatment, some patients have been unable to adapt to the device.

Your dentist in Clifton Hill offers an alternative. Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT) is a custom sleep appliance that repositions the jaw to keep the airway open during sleep. This may be an ideal alternative for some people who cannot adjust to CPAP or for those who travel and cannot take the CPAP machine along.

We can help determine whether COAT is a safe alternative for you.

Ready to Learn How Sleep Apnoea Treatment Can Help You?

If you would like to arrange a consultation, we encourage you to reach out to our dental team today.

Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.
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