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Sleep Apnoea: Finally a Good Night’s Sleep

Is Your Snoring a Sign of Sleep Apnoea?

The most common treatment for snoring is a poke in the ribs or shove of the shoulders from a disturbed and frustrated sleep partner!

And while snoring itself is common, it could also be an indication of the much more serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs when the soft tissue and muscles at the back of the throat relax too much during sleep, causing a blockage of the air passage and a pause in breathing. These non-breathing episodes can last from 10 seconds up to one minute, and in severe cases occur several hundred times per night.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Toorak Melbourne

If you or your partner have problems with snoring and sleep apnoea, we can help

The brain registers this non-breathing, sends a signal to the throat muscles causing the snorer to jolt awake, breathe and fall back to sleep almost immediately, often with no knowledge of ever waking.

Contributing factors to OSA include:

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol

Often losing 10–15 kilos can reduce the severity of sleep apnoea, as too can a dental night splint.

Similar to a sport mouthguard, a dental splint repositions the jaw, helping to open the air passage and make breathing during sleep easier.
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Treatment Options Beyond Dentistry

For people diagnosed as having severe OSA, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine is often recommended as the most suitable treatment solution.

A CPAP machine features a small, quiet air pump, a tube and face mask that fits comfortably over the nose (and sometimes the mouth). It is designed to pump a constant flow of low pressure air into the throat. This low pressure airflow prevents the airway from collapsing and also stops snoring instantly.

The CPAP machine does not cure Sleep Apnoea. If you stop using it, snoring and Sleep Apnoea will recur.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a serious medical condition. In addition to daytime fatigue due to disruptive sleep patterns, OSA can also contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

At K1 Dental we can assess the positioning of the jaw while it is relaxed and determine if your OSA symptoms could potentially be resolved with the use of a night splint. Should you require a more in-depth assessment, you will be referred to one of the select group of Specialists we choose to work with — so you can be confident you’re in good hands.

Schedule an Appointment

If you or your partner snore or you notice they stop breathing during sleep, please contact us to schedule a fully comprehensive checkup appointment with the K1 Dental team as soon as possible on (03) 9827 2922.

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