Do you wake at night realising that you've been snoring? Maybe a partner or housemate mentioned that your snoring keeps them awake. Some may even laugh at the sound, but snoring caused by sleep apnoea can take its toll on overall health and cause more significant problems later on in life. So, if you suffer from sleep apnoea, what are your options?
Reliable Sleep Apnoea Screening in Burwood
Our oral health affects overall general health in various ways, and Dr Khoshamadi strives to flag any issues that could lead to more severe conditions later in life. If you suffer from snoring at night, we can make an assessment and help you begin the process of getting tested to obtain proper treatment. We recommend that patients book an initial consultation to get a better idea of what problems may be present or if a patient is prone to certain conditions.
How Is Sleep Apnoea Dangerous?
The consequences could be more severe for those who simply think snoring isn't a cause for greater concern if sleep apnoea is the root cause. Some general health conditions associated with sleep apnoea include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiomyopathy (an enlargement of the heart's muscle tissue that can potentially lead to heart failure)
- Heart attacks
- Mood disorders
- Poor memory
- Daytime drowsiness
What Causes Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea affects patients by partially obstructing their airway at night. During sleep, the muscles in the back of the throat relax to the extent that normal breathing gets more complicated. In many cases, obesity can play a role in developing sleep apnoea, and patients may suffer from broken or disrupted sleep patterns that can affect them during the day.
Effective Sleep Apnoea Treatment
In many cases, patients who suffer from sleep apnoea can use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine that delivers a constant flow of air to prevent the relaxed throat muscles from disrupting breathing. To properly use the device, patients will use a mask attached to the CPAP machine by a hose. The mask straps onto the face during sleep to avoid slippage and deliver the proper amount of air.
Oral Appliance Therapy
In other cases, or for patients who have difficulty sleeping with the CPAP, oral appliance therapy can reposition the jaw to open the airway and promote regular breathing.
Achieve a Healthier Night's Sleep
Patients who seek treatment for sleep apnoea and correctly use their CPAP machines can sleep easier at night and lower their risk for several health conditions. Partners and housemates can also rest easier with less noise from snoring at night. Achieving a better night's sleep can also benefit patients in several ways that include:
- Lower risk of depression
- Stress reduction
- Mood improvement
- Clearer thought processes throughout the day
- Higher focus at school, work, or during sport and other activities
We invite all patients concerned about sleep apnoea or any other conditions to book an initial consultation at our dental clinic. Even if snoring or sleep apnoea doesn't bother you, having a professional opinion can benefit your oral and overall health for years to come. We regularly take on new patients and enjoy getting to know them and their smiles!