Sleep Apnoea & Snoring in Pascoe Vale
If you have suffered from a night of poor sleep, you know how important sleep is to feeling your best. Missing valuable restorative sleep makes it difficult to stay on task, feel motivated and perform your best mentally and physically.
Sleep Disordered Breathing
Proper diagnosis requires a sleep study at an accredited clinic. We work with sleep specialists in the medical field to fully look after the needs of our patients.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder characterised by interrupted breathing and reduced oxygen flow during sleep. The tissues at the back of the throat relax during sleep and block the airway, causing loud snoring in addition to choking, coughing and periods of no breathing.
As this occurs, the brain compensates for the lack of oxygen by increasing the speed and frequency of breaths. Unfortunately, this is usually ineffective, and the blood oxygen levels continue to drop.
Long-term sleep apnoea leads to a number of serious health complications, in addition to the dangers of operating a vehicle while fatigued:
- Heart disease
- Mood disorders
- Inability to concentrate
- Erectile dysfunction
- Early death
At Lumino Smiles, we offer solutions to both our adult and child patients who suffer from OSA.
Obstructive sleep apnoea also affects children. Since their brains are still developing, this can be a particularly dangerous condition that affects their development and social engagement. It can even result in a misdiagnosis of ADHD or other developmental disorders. A sleep disorder makes it difficult for children to develop normally both socially and cognitively.
While occasional snoring is common, especially when your child suffers from allergies or a cold, regular snoring can indicate the existence of a more serious sleep disorder.
Fortunately, proper treatment for children restores normal brain function and gives kids an opportunity to lead healthy lives.
Treatment for Sleep Apnoea
A sleep study must be performed and evaluated by a qualified sleep medicine practitioner. They will recommend the type of treatment suited to the severity of sleep apnoea and your current lifestyle. Often, the first line of treatment includes CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) delivered through a small face or nose mask.
While this is an effective treatment for many OSA sufferers, some patients find it difficult to grow accustomed to wearing the mask during sleep and either consciously or unconsciously remove it, leaving them unprotected.
Oral Appliance Therapy
An alternative for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnoea is oral appliance therapy. Custom oral appliances designed for sleep apnoea gently reposition the mandibular (lower) jaw slightly forward, creating more space for air to flow freely at the back of the throat.
Many patients find this method preferable to CPAP therapy because it is convenient, comfortable and more discreet. This is especially important for patients who travel or who have partners that find the rhythmic sounds of the CPAP machine difficult to tolerate.
We Welcome You to Contact Lumino Smiles
If you received a sleep apnoea diagnosis and you want to learn about oral appliance therapy as a treatment option, we welcome you to arrange a consultation with Dr Amir at our Pascoe Vale dental clinic.
We look forward to helping you achieve a restful night’s sleep.