Sleep apnea is a disruptive and potentially serious disorder which affects breathing during sleep. At City Central Dental, we offer treatment for this condition to allow you to achieve a full, restful night of sleep once again.
Sleep apnea – also known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA – is a condition where breathing momentarily stops during sleep, causing the sufferer to suddenly wake up from deep sleep to restore their breathing. This pattern can be repeated many times each night resulting in very fragmented sleep which can cause daytime fatigue and difficulties with concentration.
OSA happens because the muscles in the throat relax during sleep and reduce the intake of oxygen. The most common cause of this in adults is obesity or excess weight blocking the airway. Other risk factors include anatomical features such as a narrow throat or thick neck muscles, some allergies, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. In children, the condition is most likely to be caused by enlarged tonsils or a significant overbite.
The team at City Central Dental can offer you a number of different treatment options to treat your sleep apnea and help restore your sleep pattern. These oral appliances look similar to a mouth guard but are designed to open up your airways during sleep to reduce obstruction. These are ideal for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring issues.
The key signs of sleep apnea are persistent snoring, excessive sleepiness during the day and pauses in breathing during the night. If your partner notices you waking up gasping or snorting during sleep, or complains of loud snoring, this could be a result of sleep apnea.
Similarly, if you find yourself falling asleep in meetings at work or feeling just as tired in the morning as when you went to bed, this indicates that you are not getting enough quality sleep which could be caused by OSA.
The first step when you suspect OSA is to visit your local Adelaide dental clinic. Your dentist will discuss your symptoms and carry out a brief examination to work out whether you could be suffering from the condition. If your dentist recommends that you try using an appliance, this will be specially made to the size of your bite and then fitted to your mouth.
It might take a few nights to get used to wearing your new mouth guard, but our patients find that it feels comfortable after a short time and they can once again get a restful night’s sleep without snoring or obstructed breathing.
For more information on sleep apnea treatments, make an appointment with one of our expert team now by calling 08 8819 0148 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.