Sleep Apnoea can occur in patients when the tongue and soft palate collapse to the back of the throat.

What is sleep apoena?

When the tongue and soft palate collapse to the back of the throat, the upper airways get blocked. This can cause air flow to stop, resulting in a drop of your blood oxygen levels. This results in the brain moving out of a deep sleep, prompting your airways to open with a loud gasp for air. During your sleep, each night, this can occur many times, continuously disrupting your sleep.

The effects of sleep aponea

Sleep apnoea is a serious medical condition that you should see a professional about. If you are suffering with sleep apnoea it can impact your quality of life and overall health.

Patients who have sleep apnoea generally visit us with two common symptoms;

  • Breathing stops completely during sleep
  • Breathing restricted severely

Sleep apnoea patients often feel extremely tired during the day. If left untreated patients may suffer from a heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome, weight gain, diabetes, acid reflux, sexual dysfunction or even mood swings.

Patients who have the following conditions may be more susceptible to having sleep apnoea at some point in their life.

  • Snoring
  • Weight gain
  • Ageing
  • Misaligned teeth, jaw or palate
  • Bruxism
  • Menopause
  • Small jaw, thick neck
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

When visiting the team at Main Street Dental we will assess your situation and diagnose your sleep apnoea from mild, moderate to severe. From this point, we can recommend an anti-snoring device to help treat your sleep apnoea. If you would like to know more or to book your appointment, contact our team today.

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