Bite Dental in Brisbane CBD can treat sleep apnoea in adults and children.
Sleep apnoea affects both children and adults. As the name suggests, this problem occurs when you sleep. However, if you have sleep apnoea you will feel its effects during the day. Although you probably won’t know it’s sleep apnoea that is the cause.
Effects of Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea is a serious—but common—disorder that stops you breathing while you sleep. This happens because your airway is blocked for periods of time during the night. The result is a lack of oxygen getting to your lungs. The blockage is what causes you to either snore loudly and/or make choking noises as you try to breathe.
When your brain realises it can’t get enough oxygen it wakes your body up. But not you. As far as you know, you’re still asleep. Your body, however, has to wake up just long enough to restart the breathing before falling asleep.
Which is why you would—were you suffering from sleep apnoea—wake up feeling like you haven’t slept well. Despite getting a solid eight or nine hours sleep.
What actually causes sleep apnoea
Sleep apnoea has different causes in adults and children. In adults, the main causes are an excess of soft tissue in the mouth and throat.
When you sleep, your throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed. An excess of soft tissue can cause your airway to be blocked.
The symptoms of child sleep apnoea are enlarged adenoids, tonsils, or an overbite. Childhood obesity is not as likely to cause sleep apnoea as adult obesity is.
Symptoms of sleep apnoea
At Bite Dental, we have a team capable of diagnosing and treating sleep apnoea. Some of the symptoms include:
- Feeling tired, or sleepiness during the day
- Pauses in breathing (while you’re asleep)
- Frequent (or loud) snoring
- Waking up with a dry mouth—or a sore throat
- Depression, moodiness or irritability
- Waking up with headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty with memory, or learning problems.
It is unlikely that you would exhibit every one of these symptoms. However, if you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms we do encourage you to visit us. We do appreciate that it’s unlikely the average person would know this problem can be treated by a dentist.
If you are suffering from any combination of these symptoms it is in your best interest to book an appointment with Bite Dental today.
Risk factors that may make you more prone to sleep apnoea
For a long time, it was thought only older men get sleep apnoea. This is a myth. Anyone of any age, gender, weight, or body type can suffer from sleep apnoea.
Some traits which may indicate you have sleep apnoea include (but are not limited to):
- Excessive weight: the more body weight you have the greater chance you have of having sleep apnoea.
- Male: statistically speaking, men are twice as likely than women to get sleep apnoea
- Large neck: since sleep apnoea is when the airway is blocked, a larger-than-normal neck size can contribute to this problem.
- Smokers: smokers are generally more prone to ailments. Sleep apnoea is no exception.
This is not a comprehensive list of risk factors. But they are some of the more common things that make people more prone to having sleep apnoea.
There are two main options for treating adults who have sleep apnoea. The first option is a dental mouthguard. This will help keep the soft tissue out of the throat during sleep.
The mouthguard is good if you:
- Have mild sleep apnoea
- Have moderate sleep apnoea
Dental mouthguards can also be used for those patients with severe sleep apnoea who can’t tolerate the CPAP machine.
The CPAP machine is a great way to treat sleep apnoea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airways Pressure. To date, it is the most effective treatment for sleep apnoea. However, as some people find it impossible to sleep with, they will opt for a dental mouthguard.
For a lot of children, the answer to treating sleep apnoea is the removal of their tonsils. Typically, the removal of tonsils will get rid of sleep apnoea.
If it does not, Bite Dental also offers myofunctional therapy. This type of therapy helps children to correct functions and muscles of the mouth, lips or jaw.
Bite Dental can help you with sleep apnoea
The Bite Dental team has helped patients of all ages overcome their sleep apnoea problems. If you would like to learn more about sleep apnoea, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.