Can dentists treat sleep apnoea? - National Dental Care

More than mere snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common condition of the throat which comprises the absence of breath, yet many people often don’t realise they have it. The condition causes severe disruption to sleep and our health, so how can dentists treat sleep apnoea to help make life better for those who suffer from it?

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a condition characterised by frequent and loud snoring, and occurs when your airway is partially or fully blocked, causing uncomfortable muscle spasms due to a lack of oxygen reaching the brain.

Restless sleep, headaches, drowsiness, mood swings, poor concentration and a lack of libido are just some of the physical and interpersonal side effects caused by OSA. Poor sleep due to recurrences may result in excessive daytime sleepiness, personality changes, memory loss, and intellectual impairment.

If left untreated, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can affect the cardiovascular system due to the periods of poor oxygenation during sleep, as well as the stress on the body during attempts to re-initiate breathing. Understandably, this can result in more serious implications, including heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and hypertension (high blood pressure).

How can a National Dental Care dentist help?

You might not realise it, but dentists treat sleep apnoea, and your National Dental Care dentist can help, prescribing oral appliances to be worn at night during sleep. The appliances work by keeping your lower jaw in a forward position, and stopping the tissue at the back of the tongue and throat from collapsing, blocking your airway.

Sleep apnoea appliances are custom-made from bite impressions and models made by your National Dental Care dentist, and they can be adjustable or non-adjustable, and are generally comfortable, though they can present some side-effects, minimal as they are, including minor drooling, jaw tenderness, or temporary change to your bite. Over time, side-effects like these will disappear with persistent use, and should be used in conjunction with other methods of sleep apnoea treatment, including weight loss, exercise, and changing your sleeping position.

How to find dentists who treat sleep apnoea

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea will benefit your overall health and help you to have a restful night’s sleep, waking up with more energy and greater concentration, and improving work performance and social interaction.

Treatment for OSA, whether it’s simple lifestyle changes or utilising oral appliances, can go a long way in treating sleep apnoea, and your local National Dental Care experts can help.

With experts working at National Dental Care practices across the country, it shouldn’t take long to answer if dentists treat sleep apnoea, with your experience the answer.

To find out how to get started, find your local practice today.

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