SNORING AND SLEEP APNOEA TREATMENT
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Sleep Apnoea Treatment Warrnambool
We all know what snoring is, but we may not realise that snoring can have different causes and degrees of medical significance. As many as 1 out of every 10 adults snore during sleep.
For the majority of these people (up to 99 out of 100), snoring will not have any negative impacts on their health or quality of life. For every 1 out of 100 people that snore, the symptoms they experience are the result of a harmful and possibly life-threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnoea.
The most common form of sleep apnoea is called obstructive sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs when a person frequently stops breathing for as long as 10 seconds or longer during sleep as a result of an obstruction in the breathing airway.
The most common cause of OSA has to do with the soft tissue of the mouth and throat, which becomes more relaxed when we go to sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is more common among males, and risk factors include:
- Being overweight
- Having a large neck
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Family history of sleep apnoea
- Enlarged tonsils or tongue
- Being over the age of 40
OSA can also occur among children. When it does, it usually has to do with anatomical issues such as enlarged tonsils or sinus problems but may also be related to dental conditions such as having a large overlapping of the teeth and incorrect bite.
There are also other and much fewer common forms of sleep apnoea, such as central sleep apnoea (CSA).
Central sleep apnoea occurs when the person fails to breathe as a result of the nervous system failing to control and induce breathing.
Risk factors for CSA include old age, heart disorders, narcotic pain medication, and stroke. When a person suffers from OSA and CSA at the same time, it is known as complex sleep apnoea.
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What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea?
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Choking or gasping for air while sleeping
- Loud, persistent snoring
- Waking up at night to catch your breath
- Being tired and sleepy during the day even after a full night’s rest
How Do You Treat Sleep Apnoea?
If you suffer from sleep apnoea, you can begin treating it at home by making lifestyle changes and adjustments to your sleeping habits, which include:
- Losing weight
- Getting more exercise
- Avoid alcoholic drinks right before bed
- Avoid sleeping pills
- Do not take medications without consulting your physician
- Try sleeping on your side
Your dentist can examine your mouth to make sure that your sleep apnoea is not associated with any dental problems.
They may also recommend treatment options or lifestyle changes.
If your sleep apnoea persists, you may want to see a general physician or a mouth and throat specialist, known as an otolaryngologist.
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Dr Nishant Hurria
Dr Nishant Hurria is an Australian-based health professional and the principal dentist of Warrnambool Dental with a special interest in Crowns & Bridges and Dental Implants.