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Sleep Apnoea (Sleep Apnea) is a disorder that is characterised by pauses in your breathing during sleep.
Each pause can skip more than one breath until your spasm-reflex causes a jolting gasp. These episodes pf partial awakenings to open ypu airways can repeat for hours without you realising it, resulting in a fitful or restless sleep.
The condition can result is severe sleep deprivation and inadequate oxygenation of your blood. When the condition is untreated it can cause raised blood pressure and increased likelihood of heart disease.
Sleep Apnoea affects people of all ages and impacts approximately 10% of the population.
It can present as:
It may develop from the following:
Minor sleep apnoea can be temporarily or permanently resolved by:
It is important to seek an appropriate diagnosis; this can be conducted through your dentist. There are two types these are:
While people with Central Sleep Apnoea seldom snore they present similarly the treatment is not managed by this dentist. If your symptoms point to a dental problem there is a range of treatments, some are:
Ideally with appropriate appliances Sleep Apnoea can be treated quickly with immediate relief. Surgical remedies are rarely considered appropriate.
Alternative therapies may include
If you suspect you may suffer from Sleep Apnoea call our practice for an appointment.