Personalized Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Melbourne
Sleep apnea affects patients’ health, moods and quality of life. If this condition is stopping you from getting a full night’s sleep, it can be overwhelming and frustrating. Maybe you’re unsure of your sleep apnea diagnosis. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnoea, yet you still struggle to treat your symptoms. Either way, you don’t need to worry—there are local professionals that are ready to help.
At Holistic Dental Melbourne CBD, our dental team is knowledgeable about management of sleep apnoea patients. We can give you a personalised management plan to help you on your journey to affordable, local sleep apnoea management in Melbourne, so you can reclaim your sleep schedule.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious condition that occurs when the upper airway becomes repeatedly blocked throughout sleep. This reduces or completely stops airflow (breathing). If you have not been formally diagnosed with sleep apnoea, we may refer you to a sleep study. During a sleep study, sleep technicians record the number of episodes of slow or stopped breathing and the number of sleep apnoea events that occur in an hour. The severity of sleep apnoea depends on how often the breathing is interrupted. As a guide:
- normal sleep – fewer than five interruptions per hour
- mild sleep apnoea – between 5 and 15 interruptions per hour
- moderate sleep apnoea – between 15 and 30 interruptions per hour
- severe sleep apnoea – more than 30 interruptions per hour.
It IS estimated that about five per cent of Australians suffer from sleep apnoea, with around one in four men over the age of 30 years affected.
The Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Here are some of the symptoms of sleep apnoea:
- Recurrent sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Lack of energy during the day
- Sleepiness while driving
- AM Headaches
- Chronic pain around head and neck
- Tmj pain
- Restless sleep
- Decreased sex drive
- Mood changes that are out of character
- Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
People with significant sleep apnoea have an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and high blood pressure, and may have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke .If you experience 2 or more of these symptoms on a frequent basis, you may be in need of sleep apnoea treatment options.
Causes And Treatments
Obesity and excess weight are the leading causes of sleep apnoea, with other causes including a narrow throat, thick neck, or a dental overbite. Alcohol, especially in the evening, relaxes the throat and is also associated with sleep apnoea. Contributing factors can also be attributed to thyroid issues, a typical growth and allergies. Other medical conditions, such as a deviated septum, may congest the upper respiratory tract.
The first line of treatment for sleep apnoea is making changes to your lifestyle, including losing weight and cutting down on alcohol and treating any associated medical condition.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy remains the preferred method of care for sleep apnoea patients. However, if you do not respond well to CPAP or If you have mild to moderate sleep apnoea, another possible treatment is the use of a specially made dental appliance (tongue retraining device (TRD) or mandibular advancement splint). These splints work by either holding your jaw forward during sleep or by preventing the tongue falling back while you are sleeping. We create dental sleep solutions that are easy to use and adjust to, so you can get a full night of high-quality sleep.
Consider a dental sleep solution today!
Breathe Easier with Custom Sleep Apnoea Treatment Options
If you’re suffering from chronic obstructive sleep apnoea, it can affect your mood, your health and your well-being. Loud snoring or multiple sleep upsets can affect your partner’s sleep as well. If CPAP machines and other mainstream methods of treatment don’t work for you, consider a dental sleep solution. Our dental office is experienced in alternative methods of sleep apnoea treatments. Call us today to create a personalised plan!
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