If you’re suffering from fatigue or ongoing chronic energy issues, sleep apnoea may be the culprit. With more than 70% of the world’s snorers diagnosed with this condition, our dental team have been treating concerns relating to this matter for a number of years.
This condition occurs when the soft tissues within your throat and tongue collapse, creating a blockage that minimises airflow to your lungs. As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe, with the airways tightening over time.
Eventually, the brain triggers an ‘arousal’ that’s designed to wake you up, encouraging you to reposition the way your jaw and tongue sit to open up the airways. If you’ve ever woken up with a snort or gasp, it’s likely you were experiencing one of these instances.
From there, you typically start the whole process over, repeating it as a cycle; it can even occur hundreds of times during the night – something that’s hugely disruptive to your ability to rest.
Causes of sleep apnoea
This condition can affect anyone at any age, but there are a few defining factors that contribute to its onset. These include:
– Being categorised as overweight
– Over the age of 40
– Larger neck size (typically 17 inches and over in men; 16 inches and over in women)
– Jaw and oral problems – such as smaller jawbones, large tonsil or tongue
– Family history of the condition
– Nasal obstructions or blockages – i.e. deviated septum.
How sleep apnea treatment works
In the past, this condition was only treated through the use of CPAP machines However, these days our sleep apnea specialists have access to oral appliances and snoring solutions that are extremely effective in these cases. Working alongside other medical practitioners, we design holistic and proven treatment plans that are comfortable and tailored to deliver positive outcomes.
If you’re having trouble breathing at night and experiencing significant fatigue, we highly recommend getting in touch with the specialists at our Lynbrook clinic in Victoria.
Our primary practitioner in this field is Dr Jeevan Sivalingam, who has a special interest in dental sleep medicine and is currently completing his postgraduate studies at the University of Western Australia. Additionally, Dr Jeevan Sivalingam has completed a mini-residency with EODO, and undergone training at the Dental Sleep Institute.
Having worked with patients suffering from this condition for many years, we know exactly what it takes to get you back up and breathing with ease, delivering you peaceful nights’ rest for the long term.
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