Do you suffer from snoring, wake up feeling like you’ve stopped breathing, or feel like you don’t often get a restful sleep? It could be sleep apnoea. And we could help identify and treat it.
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Sleep apnoea is something that our experienced dentists at Bite Dental can assess, diagnose and treat. We even have passionately dedicated Sleep Apnoea experts within our team.
This condition of interrupted breathing during sleep is commonly due to the soft tissue in the mouth and throat blocking the airways, particularly in adult sleep apnoea cases. Your muscles, including those in your throat and tongue, relax more as you sleep. This can cause these tissues to block or restrict your airways and impact your breathing when you fall asleep.
We can assess and diagnose obstructive sleep apnoea by determining if this is the case for you.
And, we can help with the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea with dental devices, such as a dental mouth guard (Mandibular Advancement Device) that keeps the airways open. We can discuss this and your other options during your consultation.
We can discuss this and your other options during your sleep apnoea assessment and consultation.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts while they sleep. It is characterized by a decrease or pause in breathing, or shallow breaths, during sleep. This can happen due to the relaxation of the throat muscles or when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway becomes blocked, causing breathing to stop. Central sleep apnea is another form, where the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Sleep apnea can cause disrupted sleep, fatigue, and other health problems if left untreated.
Dentists can treat sleep apnea by creating a custom oral appliance that repositions the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open during sleep. These appliances, known as mandibular advancement devices (MADs), are similar in appearance to sports mouthguards and are worn during sleep. MADs are designed to shift the jaw and tongue forward to keep the airway open and reduce snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms. Some dentists may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, and practicing good sleep hygiene to help manage sleep apnea.
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems. The repeated episodes of disrupted breathing during sleep can cause low oxygen levels in the blood, which can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other medical conditions. Additionally, sleep apnea can cause daytime fatigue and sleepiness, which can affect work performance, concentration, and overall quality of life. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment if you suspect you may have sleep apnea
Snoring can be caused by various factors such as sleep apnea, a misaligned jaw, or an obstruction in the airway. A dentist can assess the cause of your snoring and recommend a treatment plan that may include oral appliances, such as a mandibular advancement device, which helps to keep the airway open and prevent snoring. It’s important to consult with a dentist if you have snoring or sleep apnea to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
Sleep apnoea is a serious but common condition that can affect adults and children of any age. Sleep apnoea is when you stop breathing during your sleep due to a lack of oxygen to your lungs, which is caused by your airways being blocked throughout the night for periods.
This causes you to wake up during the night, just enough for your body to start breathing again. The thing is, you likely won’t even be aware of this occurring. In many cases, all you may realise is that you regularly wake up feeling like you haven’t slept well when you otherwise should have.
Sleep apnoea can also cause snoring. In fact, the majority of people with obstructive sleep apnoea do snore. If you snore, sleep apnoea could be the cause.
If you experience any of the symptoms of sleep apnoea, it may be a good idea to ask us more about the possibility of sleep apnoea and book an assessment.
Some of the symptoms include:
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