Sleep Apnoea Treatment
Loud snoring is not just a nuisance that forces partners into separate rooms to sleep; it can also indicate the presence of a serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnoea, or OSA. Our Alderley Dental team is here to find a solution that works best for you.
What Is OSA?
OSA is a form of sleep-disordered breathing caused by a blocked airway. As the body relaxes when it drifts off to sleep, muscles at the back of the throat loosen and allow the tongue and tissue at the back of the throat to close the airway, which often leads to gasping and choking during the night. Breathing may also stop intermittently, signalling the brain to wake the body. Ultimately, these gasping and waking instances lead to inadequate oxygen intake and lack of restorative sleep – both of which we need to stay healthy.
Symptoms and Signs of OSA
Some people are more likely than others to develop OSA, including those who are overweight and over age 40, though anyone can develop OSA – even children.
Common signs of OSA include:
- Teeth grinding
- Loud snoring
- Daytime fatigue
- Depression or anxiety
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
Because OSA impacts the overall health of the body, including an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, obesity, mood disorders and sudden death, seeking an accurate diagnosis and treatment may not just improve your sleep; it could save your life.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnoea
For an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment recommendations, a sleep study with an accredited sleep practitioner is necessary. The sleep study will monitor oxygen levels, waking events and breathing patterns and can occur either at home or in an overnight clinic.
The sleep specialist will interpret the results and make treatment recommendations based on the severity of the sleep disorder.
Treatment for OSA with CPAP Therapy
CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy utilises an oxygen machine that delivers a continuous flow of air through a facemask that patients wear at night. While CPAP therapy is considered the gold standard of OSA treatment, many patients have difficulty adjusting to wearing the mask and remove it during the night, leaving themselves unprotected from this serious condition.
At Alderley Dental, we offer an alternative to CPAP therapy using a custom-designed oral appliance.
Continually Open Airway Therapy Using SomnoMed
Continually open airway therapy (COAT) provides a convenient alternative to CPAP therapy and is often recommended for patients with mild to moderate OSA. We use SomnoMed oral devices in our Alderley dental practice due to their clinical success and patient compliance rates.
SomnoMed custom-made oral appliances, similar to mouthguards, gently adjust the lower jaw forward, repositioning the tissue and tongue away from the airway and improving oxygen uptake and the restorative sleep cycles necessary for overall health.
This OSA treatment alternative is often preferred and improves patient compliance. It also makes travelling more convenient, as it eliminates the need to tote a CPAP machine along with you on business trips or holidays.
Contact Alderley Dental to learn more about OSA treatments in the Brisbane area. We welcome new patients and aim to improve your overall health with customised treatments to meet your needs.