Snoring & Sleep Apnoea
‘Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together’ – Thomas Dekker
Your body is like a factory. During the day it completes thousands of tasks so that you can perform your day's activities. When you drift off to sleep as night falls, it's time for your body to recover, repair and recharge. A good night sleep is vital and unfortunately it can be disturbed easily. 2 common problems we see are snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Snoring itself does not pose a health threat but the noisy breathing of snorers can affect their significant others' sleep causing daytime fatigue and a bad mood.
However, if snoring is caused by obstruction of the airway, or reduction of its size, it might be an indication of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is repetitive stopping of breathing during sleep. It is a serious medical condition as it disrupts normal sleep pattern which leads to teeth grinding, daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration, poor memory, increased risks of work related and motor vehicle accidents. The stopping of breathing also means less oxygen circulating in the body, it increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes and obesity
There are many risk factors associated with OSA including blocked nose, deviated nasal septum, mouth breathing, fat deposits around the neck and alcohol consumption.
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can be very effectively treated if they are correctly diagnosed and the sources of obstruction are identified. Treatments include assisted breathing machine (CPAP), jaw repositioning dental device, splint, surgery, etc. A sleep study is essential in order to treat any OSA.
At Dental Logic, we appreciate the importance of good quality sleep and we are here to help you getting back the sleep that you deserve. Our dentists at Dental Logic are extensively trained on treating sleep related disorders. We offer our patients home-based sleep studies devices so they can have sleep studies done in the comfort of their homes. We also have an extensive network of sleep medicine specialists who can recommend the best solutions for any sleeping-related problems. Our jaw repositioning dental devices are made by specialised dental laboratories to ensure every device is made to provide the greatest comfort and efficacy
There are screening tests to check your daytime sleepiness level and sleep apnoea risk so go ahead and check it out. Let us know if you are in the high risk category: