SNORING AND SLEEP APNOEA TREATMENT
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.
- Being overweight
- Having a large neck
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Family history of sleep apnoea
- Enlarged tonsils or tongue
- Being over the age of 40
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.
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.
Listed below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.
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What is sleep apnoea?
There are two basic forms of sleep apnoea. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is caused by an obstruction of the air passageway in the throat, while Central Sleep Apnoea is a neuromuscular condition caused by a delay in the brain’s signal to breathe. The most common symptom for both types of sleep apnoea is excessive, loud snoring.
What causes sleep apnoea?
Structural issues, such as a large tongue or tonsils can also increase your risk of developing the condition. Overweight people are also at an increased risk of sleep apnoea.