Sleep Apnoea Treatment
Sometimes when partners snore, it forces one of them into the guest room or to the sofa, which is not ideal for most couples. Oftentimes, snoring is nothing more than a nuisance, and sometimes it can indicate a serious underlying medical issue called obstructive sleep apnoea.
Some common risk factors that increase your chances of developing sleep apnoea include:
- Being male
- Obesity or excess weight
- Aged over 40
- Thick neck anatomy
Though these characteristics increase the likelihood, patients of any age, gender or body type can develop sleep apnoea, including kids.
Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
In addition to lost sleep, OSA leads to oxygen deprivation from interrupted breathing and has been linked to numerous health complications.
- High blood pressure
- Mood disorders
- Weight gain
- Inability to concentrate
- Complications with ADHD
If you or your partner chokes, gasps, or stops breathing altogether during sleep, it is time for an evaluation at an accredited sleep clinic. A sleep practitioner will make a diagnosis and recommendation for treatment.
Treating Snoring and OSA
At our Tamworth dental clinic, we can often treat snoring using an oral appliance that helps to prevent vibrations in the throat by keeping the back of the mouth and airway open.
For OSA, however, we work closely with the recommendations of a sleep practitioner. In many cases, CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy is recommended as the first line of treatment. These ‘CPAP machines’ are what many people are familiar with. Unfortunately, many patients find the facemask and tubes associated with the treatment difficult to adjust to and remove the mask during sleep or simply avoid using it altogether. Lack of compliance leaves so many people unprotected and subject to the health hazards of OSA.
Fortunately, At Oasis Smiles Dental, we offer an alternative to CPAP therapy using an advanced oral appliance to open and expand the airway.
Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT)
Dentists often work closely with an oral appliance company called SomnoMed® to develop a custom oral appliance designed to move the lower jaw forward slightly, opening the airway. This allows for the free flow of oxygen and improved sleep quality. Many of our patients find the oral appliance easier to use and more convenient than CPAP therapy, especially for travel.
Sleep practitioners often recommend COAT as an alternative for patients with mild to moderate OSA, and sleep apnoea oral appliances can even be used with CPAP treatment for patients with severe OSA.
Are You Ready for a Great Night’s Sleep?
Contact Oasis Smiles Dental today to learn more about how your life and your health can improve with the proper treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea. Our experienced dentists, Dr Daniel Raditaolana and Dr Naledi Mosarwa always welcome new patients and focus on whole-body wellness as it relates to dentistry.