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.
Treatment of Sleep Apnoea | Brisbane CBD
At Dental Pearls, we can examine you and get you on the road to a 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.