Sleep apnoea occurs when breathing stops for a period of time (each pause in breathing is called an apnoea) until the brain registers the lack of breathing or a drop in oxygen levels and sends a small wake-up call. The sleeper rouses slightly, opens the upper airway, typically snorts and gasps, and then drifts back to sleep almost immediately. It’s estimated that about five per cent of Australians suffer from this sleep disorder, with around one in four men over the age of 30 been affected.
People with significant sleep apnoea have an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and high blood pressure and may have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Some of the symptoms associated with sleep apnoea include:
Treatment for sleep apnoea relies on changes to lifestyle. This includes losing weight and cutting down on alcohol. Any contributing medical condition, such as low production of thyroid hormone, also needs to be corrected. Any surgical conditions such as large tonsils should be corrected.
When visiting your trusted team at Kitchener Street Dental, we are able to assist in finding the cause and assist in treating sleep apnoea. Book a consultation with our team today to find out if you are eligible for dental appliance to treat sleep apnoea.
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