Sleep Apnoea and Snoring

Sleep Apnoea and Snoring Brisbane

Sleep Apnoea & Snoring Treatments Brisbane

Do you often feel exhausted? Is fatigue affecting you on a daily basis? You may suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, a breathing disorder which obstructs the breathing in some people when they sleep.

Sleep apnoea is caused by the airways collapsing throughout the night and is often linked with snoring and other symptoms. The collapsed airways can make the loose soft tissues in your throat vibrate, producing the snoring sound. However, snoring can often be a sign of the more serious condition, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). As the muscles of the throat and tongue relax, the blockage of the airway causes temporary pauses to your breathing. This results in less oxygen reaching the brain.

As the restriction on your throat results in an insufficient flow of oxygen to the brain, your brain will force your body to spasm and momentarily wake up before resuming a normal breathing pattern. This process can take place numerous times throughout the night, without you even realising. As you have had an inconsistent rest and interrupted sleeping patterns, during the hours of the day you’ll likely feel sleepy and even agitated.

Sleep is an essential element of human existence. Untreated sleep apnoea can lead to a range of long-term health issues. A number of studies have shown a link between sleep apnoea and serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems, heart disease, weight gain, depression, and shortened lifespan.

Common symptoms of sleep apnoea include snoring, waking up feeling thirsty or dehydrated, or a constant feeling of fatigue.

Treatment of Sleep Apnoea Brisbane CBD

At Dental Pearls, we can examine you and get you on the road to better health and a better night’s sleep. We may be able to provide a solution to this problem with our anti-snoring appliance which helps to maintain a clear airway. As a result, restful and undisturbed sleep can be maintained.

It is also recommended that other physicians such as your GP and sleep specialists are involved in this to achieve the most appropriate solution for you.

If you would like to book a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team.

Sleep Apnoea FAQs

Sleep apnoea is a breathing disorder in which the airway collapses at night, causing breathing to become obstructed during sleep. When the airway narrows and the loose soft tissues in the throat begin to vibrate, snoring occurs. Obstructions in the airways also cause temporary pauses in one’s breathing, which may lead to disruptions in sleep, and may have many other effects on other systems in the body, resulting in symptoms such as constant fatigue.

There are a number of factors which may cause the condition and excess weight and obesity can be exacerbating factors. Other factors such as a large tongue, position of jaws and as a result teeth position, very large tonsils/adenoids and bad posture can also be contributing factors.

If left untreated, sleep apnoea can lead to some serious health complications, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight gain, gastric reflux, glaucoma, macular degeneration, headaches, frequent night-time urination, bedwetting in children, and chronic pain.

In some cases, a mandibular advancement splint may be helpful in treating the sleep disorder. The splint is specially and very carefully designed to fit into an individual’s mouth, much like a mouth guard, and works by adjusting the position of the jaw to prevent the airways from closing during sleep. The appliance helps to maintain a patent airway, allowing patients to enjoy undisturbed sleep and relief from snoring.

No, not being able to breathe while sleeping is a sign of a deeper problem like sleep apnoea, which occurs when your breathing is constantly interrupted and restarted when you’re asleep. Not getting enough air while you’re asleep means that you’re risking cutting off oxygen to your brain, which is very dangerous.

Yes, a misaligned tooth or multiple teeth affect your bite because it won’t be able to close properly, this in turn affects your jaw by putting too much pressure on it, resulting in pain. When your teeth are not inline it can cause a lot of damage and pain would be a symptom of that.

Yes, stress can start a chain reaction that leads to sleep issues like snoring. The way people process and cope with their stress could trigger it. For example, drinking alcohol to manage stress and to help you sleep can lead to snoring because it will relax your airway muscles causing them to vibrate when you’re asleep. Not getting enough sleep, which is another side effect of stress, can lead to throat muscle relaxation which leads to snoring.