Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Treatment
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep Apnoea, or Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), occurs when a person’s throat is partly or completely blocked while they are asleep. This can occur numerous times through the night and can last from a few seconds up to 1.5 minutes. They will then wake briefly before falling asleep again. Many people who suffer from OSA are completely unaware.
Who can be affected by Sleep Apnoea?
It can affect anyone. High risk factors include being middle aged or over, having a family history of Sleep Apnoea, or being above a healthy weight. However, even children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids can be affected.
How can I check if I have Sleep Apnoea?
It is essential to be checked and have a proper diagnosis for sleep apnoea before you seek treatment. Your doctor or an ENT specialist would need to be consulted to do this. They may recommend a sleep study be performed.
Why should I treat my Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep Apnoea is a serious condition with many side effects. It has been associated with increased risk of:
- Poor memory
How can I treat my snoring or Sleep Apnoea?
Your doctor will advise on the best course of treatment for you. These could include:
- Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking and reduction in alcohol
- An oral appliance called a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) can be custom fitted to your teeth to help reduce snoring and mild sleep apnoea. Contact us at the Dental Sanctuary to discuss this option
- For moderate to severe sleep apnoea, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) will be required. It involves wearing a mask to bed which will pump air to help keep your airway open.
- For severe sleep apnoea, surgery may be required