An anatomical constriction of the airways that results in sleep disturbance through multiple ‘wakeful’ episodes during the night.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea? (OSA)
Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Dental therapy
OSA is an anatomical constriction of the airways that results in sleep disturbance through multiple ‘wakeful’ episodes during the night. The airway is cut off due to the lower jaw relaxing backwards allowing the tongue and soft tissues to close over the windpipe.
The body recognises this lack of oxygen and sends a jolt of adrenaline and other hormones through the body to wake you up! This places a massive strain on the heart and other body systems and can lead to several negative long term health effects.
The signs and symptoms are commonly, but not exclusively:
Spouse recognises not breathing!
Frequent bathroom breaks at night
Sleepiness during the day
Lack of energy and falling asleep at work
Poor concentration and memory
Grinding and wear of teeth, increased decay rate and cracked teeth
What we do to help
As dentists we often diagnose many medical conditions before the GP does because part of our checkup includes managing the airway.
If we suspect OSA, or even are looking for a solution to snoring, we can coordinate a treatment plan for you that might entail:
Referal to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist
Provision of a Mandibular Advancement Splint
We choose to use SomnoMed splints due to their excellent reputation, function and because they are made in Australia.