Sleep Apnoea Treatment

Just about everyone has experienced a poor night of sleep on occasion. Missing even one night of good sleep can make it difficult to concentrate and feel motivated the next day. If you snore during the night, you might be keeping your sleep partner awake.

If you are one of the many Australian adults who suffer from chronic snoring, you might have a condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA is more common than you might think: It is believed that as many as 25 per cent of men and nine per cent of women suffer from this condition.

Obstructive sleep apnoea that goes untreated can lead to long-term health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Early death

In addition, sufferers are more prone to obesity, mood disorders and chronic fatigue.

The best place to start is with a sleep study to determine whether or not you suffer from this disorder. The team at Gawler Dental Clinic collaborates with sleep specialists in the medical field who will work with our Gawler, SA patients.

Causes of Snoring

Some people are more prone to snoring than others. You should also note that just because you snore, this doesn’t mean you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea. However, the following will make you more predisposed to snoring:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications
  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deviated septum
  • Smoking

What It Means to Have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Although it is characterised by loud snoring, with obstructive sleep apnoea, people actually stop breathing many times throughout the night. This is caused by the tissues at the back of the throat relaxing during sleep, blocking the airway. Often it is a sleep partner who tells the person they choke and cough throughout the night. Neither person is getting a restful night of sleep in this situation.

Not treating sleep apnoea is not healthy, and in addition to feeling chronically fatigued, people with this disorder put others in danger when they operate a motor vehicle while tired.

Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

After a sleep apnoea diagnosis, many people try CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy. This is a machine that comes with a mask to be worn while sleeping. Although CPAP is effective, many people find it awkward and uncomfortable to wear, so they don’t wear or it or end up removing it unconsciously. This defeats the purpose.

At Gawler Dental Clinic, we recommend trying oral appliance therapy. Much less cumbersome than the CPAP machine, this appliance is designed to reposition the jaw, resulting in better airflow.

Find Out More about Sleep Apnoea in Gawler, SA

If you are interested in a sleep study because you think you might have obstructive sleep apnoea, and you would like to find out if oral appliance therapy might be right for you, we welcome your call. Our dentists can tell you more about treatment for sleep apnoea so you can get a more restful night’s sleep.