Do you or someone you live with suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)? People suffering from OSA commonly snore quite loudly at night and potentially keep others in their house awake. Sometimes snoring may sound funny, but sleep apnoea is a dangerous health condition for those who have it. Luckily, there are a few effective ways to treat this common condition.
Treating Sleep Apnoea in Tamworth
Upon the recommendation of a sleep practitioner, many patients use a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine. CPAP machines are proven to treat OSA successfully. However, CPAP machines require a face mask and tube that deliver constant airflow.
These aspects of a CPAP machine can restrict movement at night during sleep, and patients sometimes end up removing the face mask entirely. At Oasis Smiles Dental, we provide a custom oral appliance called COAT (continuous open airway therapy as an alternative treatment).
Benefits of COAT
- No facemask or tube that restricts or makes sleep uncomfortable
- Custom fitted for the patient’s mouth
- Moves the lower jaw forward to allow for an unblocked flow of oxygen
- Can aid in patients sleeping better
- Advantageous while travelling due to its small size
The Importance of Treating OSA
Those who suffer from OSA deal with a decreased flow of oxygen that may impact their overall health in the form of more severe conditions that may include stroke, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism and potentially an abnormal heart rhythm.
At Oasis Smiles Dental, we understand how oral health can affect the rest of the body and how seemingly harmless conditions may have more significant implications. Treating OSA can keep our patients safe and help them avoid long term health problems.
If you or a loved one is affected by OSA, we warmly invite you to contact our practice and seek treatment for a better night’s sleep and a better outlook on long-term health.