The ABCs of sleep apnoea - Erina Dentist - National Dental Care

If you’re a snorer and you live in the Erina area, the experienced team of dentists at GB dental can help.

Being a snorer can put a strain on your personal relationships. It can also mean that you’re prone to sleep apnoea, a potentially harmful condition. Here’s a crash course in sleep apnoea and the signs to watch out for.

Sleep apnoea 101

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common condition where your airway becomes partially or fully obstructed when the soft tissues in your upper airways sit too close to one another.

If they cause obstruction for 10 seconds or more, this can cause the muscles to spasm because the brain needs more oxygen.

Apnoea literally means ‘absence of breath’.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea

You may think you’re just a regular snorer but your night-time noises may mean something more serious.

Sleep apnoea symptoms include:

  •  habitual loud snoring
  • interrupted snoring which stops with a snort
  • excessive tiredness during the day
  • morning headaches

Multitude of treatments

If you suspect that you may suffer from sleep apnoea, your dentist can arrange to involve you in a sleep study to confirm a diagnosis.

Sleep apnoea can often be treated with an oral appliance worn at night to prevent collapse of the upper airway. These are called mandibular advancement splints (The SomnoDent is a leading example).

Many patients find them less intrusive than traditional continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) via a nasal mask (which requires a battery or power point).

With the help of a sleep physician, your dentist can advise you if a SomnoDent may be beneficial for you. Contact us now at  GB Dental, Erina, for more information.

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