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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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In this Sleep Apnoea Treatment page, you will learn more about sleep apnoea, its adverse effects on health and how Bespoke Dental can help. You can also download our price list, as well as our flexible payment plan options so you can sleep better, sooner. If you like what you are reading, then please call us on 02 6249 1391, or complete the enquiry form below for your Free Consultation.

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Sleep Apnoea Disorder

 
Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder that causes cessation or halted breathing while sleeping. The affected person may awake with a start or loud snoring and often doesn’t know he or she has it until it is reported by another.

There are different types of sleep apnoea, based on the cause of the problem. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is the most common and takes place when the soft tissue of the throat and tongue collapses, which then blocks the breathing airway. Central sleep apnoea is less common and takes place when the brain doesn’t send the signals to breathing muscles, while mixed sleep apnoea is a mixture of these causes. Because of the various causes, treatments are customized to the patient.

Sleep Apnoea Disorder

Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder that causes cessation or halted breathing while sleeping. The affected person may awake with a start or loud snoring and often doesn’t know he or she has it until it is reported by another.

There are different types of sleep apnoea, based on the cause of the problem. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is the most common and takes place when the soft tissue of the throat and tongue collapses, which then blocks the breathing airway. Central sleep apnoea is less common and takes place when the brain doesn’t send the signals to breathing muscles, while mixed sleep apnoea is a mixture of these causes. Because of the various causes, treatments are customized to the patient.

Symptoms and Signs

When the tissues of the palate, throat and tongue block airflow, the afflicted will often snore, choke or gasp for air. They may wake briefly for a few seconds and fall right back to sleep. Unfortunately, these episodes may take place up to 100 times in an hour, which can lead to other health issues. If you do not sleep with a partner who will alert you, you may not be aware that you have sleep apnoea. The following are some of the symptoms and signs of this disorder:
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Snoring
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Daytime fatigue
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Irritability or confusion
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Teeth grinding
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Sore teeth or jaw for unknown reason
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Sore throat and/or dry mouth
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Nighttime sweating
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High blood pressure
Sleep apnoea is treatable and is often non-invasive. Most patients with this condition suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, which is often treated with a mouthpiece that helps keep airway passages open, so you are free to breathe. If you think you have this condition, give us a call. Our experienced and skills dentists at Bespoke Dental Canberra will perform a thorough examination and comprehensive assessment to determine the best treatment solution for your needs.

The Risks and Problems Associated with Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is associated with snoring, but this condition has more impact than poor quality sleep. When left untreated, sleep apnoea can lead to other problems that affect your oral health and overall health. Some of these are:
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Cracked or worn teeth from grinding
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Chronic headaches
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Memory issues
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Depression
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Diabetes
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Irregular heart rate
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Heart failure
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Heart attack
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High blood pressure
Sleep apnoea is a medical condition that can negatively affect your health and overall enjoyment of life. As dentists, we are at the forefront of diagnosis and will create a treatment pathway for you, so you can get on with your life and simply sleep better.
Sarah B.
Great dentist, very gentle and thoughtful.
Sarah B.

Lifestyle Changes for Treatment of Sleep Apnoea

The first step to treat sleep apnoea is to address lifestyle since these activities are within your control. Taking an active role in your health is the first step to overcoming this disorder and the most non-invasive method to begin treatment. The following are some lifestyle changes you can incorporate to begin bringing your sleep apnoea under control:
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Lose weight if you are overweight. Obesity is one of the biggest contributors to sleep apnoea. Bringing your weight into a healthy range puts less pressure on the upper airways so you can breathe easier.

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Exercise to bring stress levels down, control your weight and improve your health.

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Avoid drinking alcohol, as alcohol use greatly increases the risk of sleep apnoea and the number of episodes one has each night.

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Stop smoking to allow for improved breathing.

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Sleep on your side, as sleeping on your back can cause the soft tissues of the mouth and throat to close and block airways.

Dental Solutions for Sleep Apnoea Patients

Getting treatment for sleep apnoea can greatly improve your health and your quality of life. Learning the root cause of your condition makes it easier to treat, and risks of long-term health issues will lessen as soon as you begin treatment. We are pleased to help our patients with mild to moderate sleep apnoea and will work with you to form a customized treatment plan, which may include lifestyle recommendations along with an oral device to make breathing easier.

In some cases, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine may be recommended. This apparatus includes a mouthpiece, tube and mask that fits over the mouth and nose to improve breathing by supplying a steady flow of oxygen. However, most cases of sleep apnoea are mild to moderate and can be treated with a less intrusive oral appliance.

Oral devices are mouthpieces that the patient wears while sleeping. The type of device that a dentist may recommend varies due to the cause of sleep apnoea. Some devices work by promoting a forward position of the lower jaw, which stops the soft tissue of the palate and tongue from collapsing together. Other devices prevent the collapse of soft nasal tissue while allowing the patient to breathe through either the nose or the mouth. In any case, the right mouthpiece is fitted for the patient and some can be customised to fit mouth size and bite.

Want to Sleep Better?

 
If you believe you have sleep apnoea, call us today for a complete oral health assessment and dental examination. Our skilled team will detect any signs of sleep apnoea and work with you on a pathway to health. Schedule your dental examination and let’s begin your journey to better sleep and health together.

Want to Sleep Better?

If you believe you have sleep apnoea, call us today for a complete oral health assessment and dental examination. Our skilled team will detect any signs of sleep apnoea and work with you on a pathway to health. Schedule your dental examination and let’s begin your journey to better sleep and health together.

Payment Plan Options

 
Optimum oral health with the right dental solutions should be available to everyone. If you have sleep apnoea and need help, we believe money should not be part of your worries. That’s why we offer our patients zero-deposit, zero-interest payment plans to fit your budget. To learn more about our payment options, click here.

Payment Plan Options

Optimum oral health with the right dental solutions should be available to everyone. If you have sleep apnoea and need help, we believe money should not be part of your worries. That’s why we offer our patients zero-deposit, zero-interest payment plans to fit your budget. To learn more about our payment options, click here.