Sleep apnoea is a condition in which the muscles of the throat relax and reduce the intake of oxygen. Breathing stops momentarily (generally between 10 seconds and 1 minute) until the brain registers the drop in oxygen levels. When this happens, the sleeper comes out of deep sleep for brief periods in an attempt to restore normal breathing, typically snorting and gasping to open the upper airway before drifting back to sleep immediately. This pattern can repeat itself many times each night, resulting in fragmented sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and poor concentration and work performance.
The condition poses risks to the sufferer, including high blood pressure which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Sleep apnoea is also often accompanied by snoring which can disturb your partner’s sleep.
Many sufferers of sleep apnoea have no memory of waking during the night, and consequently they may not even realise they are suffering from this condition. Due to the potential health risks, treatment is highly recommended.
The team of experienced dentists at East Bentleigh Dental Group can fit patients with one of several different dental devices that are available to treat sleep apnoea. These anti-snoring devices can help patients discover just how much more restful a night of sleep can be without the interruption of blocked breathing.
If you suffer from snoring, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Consider your health and seek the advice of an appropriately qualified medical practitioner to learn more about the options available to help you.