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Sleep Apnoea Treatment

Do you wake up feeling as tired as you did when you went to bed the night before? Is it common for you to feel fatigued or forgetful throughout the day? It could be due to a disorder, such as sleep apnoea. Fortunately, at Smiles Are Us our Adelaide CBD family dentist has the resources available to help you get a better night of sleep without a cumbersome CPAP machine.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea takes place when the tissues at the back of your throat collapse against each other, sealing off your airway. Apart from having someone tell you that you stop breathing in your sleep or that you snore regularly, other symptoms to watch for include

  • Depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Decreased libido
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Chronic teeth clenching/grinding
Surprisingly, many sleep studies can now be completed in the comfort and convenience of your own home. After all of the data is read, a treatment plan can be mapped out.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder by a sleep physician or medical doctor, we can work with them to determine if an oral sleep appliance is the best alternative to CPAP. Otherwise our dentist can screen for symptoms and refer you to a specialist for an exam and accurate diagnosis.

The excessive wear that comes from clenching in your sleep (due to oxygen deprivation) can take a toll on your teeth and existing dental work. We may first notice chipped teeth or wear facets, as well as flattened edges that feel rough to your tongue.

What does seeing a dentist have to do with treating a sleeping disorder? If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, a lot. A custom oral sleep appliance can guide your jaw forward so that the airway naturally opens, allowing more oxygen to flow while you’re sleeping. Some people are able to get such great sleep with an oral appliance, that they can stop using CPAP equipment altogether.

Only certain individuals are candidates for an oral sleep appliance. If you’re CPAP intolerant or find it too bulky to wear at night, talk to your Gp or sleep physician and then schedule a consultation at our office.

Book Your Consultation with Dr Dorothy!

Don’t let sleep apnoea keep you from the energy that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help.

* Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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