Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea

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SLEEP APNOEA

Amazing Smiles Dentsts helping with the treatment of Sleep Apnoea

One of the more cost effective treatment for snoring patients is making a customised anti snoring device for the mouth. The patient will come in to see the dentist and then have an upper and lower teeth impression. From this a model is made and anti snoring device constructed. The dentist will check for fit of the device in the mouth. The aim of the anti snoring device is to move the lower jaw forward and the new position will increase the back airway space. Patient will need to wear the device during the night time and can take a few nights to get accustomed.

What is Sleep apnoea ?

Millions of Australians suffer from sleep deprivation or sleep apnoea everyday and most are unaware that they have this problem. The sufferers have restless sleep, constantly waking up gasping for air because their airway is restricted and this is commonly due to snoring.

What is snoring?

Snoring is the resulting sound coming from a restricted airway at the back of the throat. Most often it is an excess flap of tissue which narrows the airway and from each inhalation and expiration of air the tissue vibrates. Sometimes this tissue can completely shut the airway and no air can come in or out. The person would physically wake up to breath. This is called obstructive sleep apnoea. The person’s sleep pattern becomes erratic with body and brain striving to get enough oxygen. Detrimental health issues result over years of negliect

Patients who lives with condition will feel lethargy, in ability to concentrate during the day, tiredness and abscent minded.

How do I know if I have it?

Some of the hallmark and signs

Patients who lives with condition will feel lethargy, in ability to concentrate during the day, tiredness and abscent minded.

Treatment for sleep apnoea.

The diagnosis and management of sleep apnoea is generally a team effort from health professionals. It starts with seeing your general medical practitioner who look at your overall health from weight to other medical issues. They may decide to refer to sleep clinic or other doctors to get more information.

Can reducing a person weight help?

This is first avenue of treatment where the doctor recommends the patient reduce their weight and help shrink the excess flappy tissue of the airway.

What is a CPAP machine?

After visiting a sleep clinic the health professional may recommend the patient to have a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. The machine has a nasal mask hooked up by a long thin hose to a small compressor. A controlled amount of air is forced through the airway allowing a significant improvement in oxygen uptake.

Is Surgery an option?

Some patients maybe referred to ear nose and throat specialist by their medical practitioner for a surgical option to help increase the airway.

Sleep Apnoea QUIZ:

Do you have sleep apnoea?

Answering these simple questions may be the first step to a restful night’s sleep for you and your family. The problems listed here may appear suddenly or emerge over many years. It is possible that you are not even aware of them. We recommend that you discuss these questions with your family members and co-workers, as they may be the first to recognise these signs.

  1. I have been told that I snore.
  2. I have been told that I snore loudly, every night, in all positions.
  3. I have been told that I stop breathing while I sleep.
  4. I have jolted awake gasping for breath during the night.
  5. After a full night’s sleep, I still wake up feeling tired.
  6. I fall asleep at inappropriate times, for example, at work or behind the wheel of a car.
  7. I have trouble concentrating.
  8. I have become unusually forgetful.
  9. People say, or I feel, I have become uncharacteristically irritable, anxious or depressed.
  10. I often wake up with a headache.
  11. I have high blood pressure.
  12. I am overweight.
  13. I seem to have lost my sex drive.
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