Sleep Apnoea: Airway Issues That Can Hurt You

October 31, 2017 in Dental Tips

For some, snoring can be simply chalked up to exhaustion or even a deep, restful sleep. However, there’s nothing really pleasant about snoring, especially if it’s linked to sleep apnoea.

In fact, sleep apnoea is potentially serious.

What is sleep apnoea?

It’s important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea and not everyone who has it snores. Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder wherein your breathing is interrupted as you sleep. Left untreated, you may stop breathing numerous times as you sleep. This can be serious as your brain and body may not get the oxygen it needs.

Two Types of Sleep Apnoea

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) involves the collapse of the soft tissue at the back of your throat, which can block your airway
  • Central sleep apnoea involves the brain’s failure to signal your respiratory muscles to function and breathe

Left untreated, sleep apnoea is related to heart problems, stroke, diabetes, and headaches. It may also cause decreased quality of sleep which can affect your daytime activities and performance.

We Can Help

As Caloundra dentists, we’re in a great position to help detect sleep apnoea and be a part of the process of identifying its causes, especially if it’s related to dental conditions and airway issues. The dental chair is the perfect place for routine examination of your oral health as well as any sleep breathing problems that may stem from various dental condition. Some cases, it can be simply fixed with a mouth-guard like device you wear while you sleep. If not, we can make sure you see the right specialist to help solve your breathing related issues. 

Early detection of sleep apnoea as well as appropriate lifestyle changes can greatly contribute to your overall well-being. Schedule a consultation with us if you have snoring or sleep issues, and let’s see how we can help.