Sleep Apnoea Gold Coast QLD
More than one million Australian’s suffer from sleep apnoea, could you be one?
Many people suffer from sleep apnoea without even realising it because it happens during the night. However, there are some symptoms you can look out for if you know where to look!
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a condition that causes patients to stop breathing for short periods of time repetitively over the course of the night. It occurs because the throat region becomes obstructed via the jaw positioning and restricts airflow to the lungs. Patients will then be brought to a semi-awake state in order to manually breathe again before falling back to sleep. This can happen continuously throughout the night without fully waking the patient which is why you may be unaware of the condition.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?
While it can be hard to be aware of this condition, there are some key indicators to look out for including:
- Falling asleep during the day
- Morning headaches
These symptoms do not automatically suggest you are suffering from sleep apnoea. You will need to have a sleep study performed to assess your individual condition.
Sleep apnoea treatment
This dangerous condition can be treated with appliances from your Sanctuary Cove Dental practice. We partner with two of the leading oral appliance companies, SomnoDent and Oventus. Both appliances aim to allow air flow for the patient, removing the obstruction and restoring regular sleep patterns for the patient.
The SomnoDent appliance is a market leader for this kind of therapy. It has been used to treat 250,000 patients worldwide in 26 countries and has a growing body of clinical evidence behind its work. The appliance is a small, removable splint which looks similar to a mouthguard. It attaches to the upper and lower jaw and brings the lower jaw and tongue forwards to remove any obstruction. This, in turn, increases airflow again restoring normal oxygen levels and sleep patterns.
The Oventus Clearway device offers a different design to the SomnoDent appliance. The device attaches to mouth and extends, like a whistle, to create a separate path for airflow. The appliance allows air to flow straight to the back of the mouth, bypassing any obstructions. A 3D scan is performed using CAD software to ensure an individual, custom-fit.
Sleep Apnoea Gold Coast
If you think you or your partner may be suffering from sleep apnoea, call the friendly team at Sanctuary Cove Dental today. We will help you make the first step in your treatment of this condition and give you the good night’s sleep you deserve.