Sleep is the basis of good health feeling well and essentially being happy. Having a good nights sleep allows our body time to recover and rejuvenate, therefor people who suffer with sleep related breathing disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring can experience devastating effects on their health work and relationships.
What is sleep apnea?
While you Sleep your body relaxes and muscles soften causing the tongue to drop back as it relaxes and reduce the airflow as you are breathing. The soft tissue may vibrate and this causes you to snore.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you have obstructive sleep apnea your airway periodically closes over and prevents air from getting to your lungs as you sleep. An apea can last from anywhere from a ten seconds to an entire minute in severe cases. Multiple apeas through the night can cause sleep disturbance and therefor put strain on your heart!
Airway with Somnomed Sleep Appliance
One of the treatment choices is a custom made Mandibular Advancement Splint such as SomnoDent. It is simply worn over your teeth and helps to hold your jaw forward, which in turn opens your airway.
How do I know if I have obstructive sleep apnea?
The best way is to visit us Winston Hills Family Dental Care today for a free consult to discuss further.
Key Signs & Symptoms
- Excessive snoring
- Partner notices you stop breathing
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Frequent visits to the bathroom during the night
- Daytime tiredness
- Lack of energy
- Poor concentration/memory
- Falling asleep during the day
So what? These sound like me, but I’ve lived with this for a long time now.
What are the consequences of not having this treated?
- Your partner cannot sleep well
- Impact on career & relationships
- Increased risk of motor vehicle & workplace accidents
- Increased risk of :
- Heart attack
- Type 2 diabetes
- Increased blood pressure
- Decreased life span
Are you already aware of this and your doctor has prescribed a CPAP for you? Do you wear it? Is it easy to sleep with? Can you take it with you on holidays?
If the answer is no, it may be time to think about an alternative.
Contact Winston Hills Family Dental Care today at (02) 9624 6884 with regards to your snoring or poor sleep