Sleep Apnea Treatment in Chatswood NSW
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a type of sleep disorder that affects almost a million Australians. It is characterised by pauses in breathing that last 10 seconds or more. This causes slight rousing throughout the night.
Although the person with OSA does not remember these multiple awakenings, they interrupt sleep and can cause serious health problems. OSA has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, and is also a frequent contributor to work- and driving-related accidents.
What Causes OSA?
While you sleep, all of your muscles relax, including those that control your tongue and your throat. The soft tissue at the back of the throat may sag, which narrows and constricts the airway.
This often presents as snoring, which is certainly an annoyance, but not everyone who snores has OSA. If, however, the snoring is accompanied by gasping and choking sounds, OSA should be suspected.
Sometimes the only outer sign of OSA is a constant feeling of exhaustion or fatigue throughout the day, even if you appear to have had plenty of sleep.
If you snore or are excessively tired throughout the day – or your partner reports pauses in your breathing while you sleep, seek a referral to a sleep physician. This specialist will conduct the necessary tests to determine whether OSA is present as well as its severity.
One of the most effective treatments for OSA is C-PAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. This is the first line therapy for patients with moderate to severe OSA.
For mild OSA, an oral appliance like SomnoMed might be more appropriate. This dental device is worn in the mouth while you sleep and even allows full mouth functionality. This means that unlike other dental appliances, you’ll still be able to talk, drink, and open and close your mouth as usual.
The construction of the device improves airflow while you sleep, is comfortable to wear, and reduces the severity of apnea episodes. Each device can be adjusted for customised positioning to effectively treat your needs.
SomnoMed has been shown to be successful in cases of mild OSA. Oral appliances can also help reduce snoring that is not associated with OSA, allowing you and your partner to have a more restful sleep and helping to improve comfort and intimacy. If you snore, however, it’s important to speak to your doctor and make sure to rule out sleep apnea.
Speak to Our Dentists about Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Chatswood Dental Associates, our dentists are passionate about helping our patients live healthy lives. If you snore or have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, please call our practice at 02 9412 4488 to see if a dental appliance like SomnoMed is an appropriate treatment for you.