Ever slept a whole night but felt exhausted upon waking up? Snoring can occur when the tissues in your throat (even your tongue) relax and fall back upon each other while you lie on your back asleep. Sometimes the throat can even get fully blocked for a few seconds before your unconscious brain wakes you up momentarily due to the sudden drop in oxygen levels. This condition characterises sleep apnea.
Naturally, if this has been happening regularly throughout the night, your body will be disrupted of rest when you are sleeping, as your breathing was disturbed the entire night leading to an overall lack of oxygen supplied to your tired body’s tissues to heal. Sometimes, your snoring can get so loud that even your own ears hear your snores, waking you up from your much-needed REM sleep! If this happens multiple times through the night, it is time for a visit to our clinic.
If you are undergoing chronic sleep deprivation because of your sleep apnea, it can lead to many negative effects on your mind, body and health while also affecting your daily life
As sleep apnea affects your quality of life, work and interpersonal relationships, it is crucial for you to seek treatment as soon as possible. Give us a call today to find out how we can help improve your quality of life!
There are three major types of sleep apnea, which are:
This is the most common type of sleep apnea where the tongue rolls back or the throat gets narrowed and blocked, obstructing air passage while breathing, and causing snoring sounds to form. This can happen repeatedly throughout the night, leading to disrupted sleep, exhaustion and other health issues.
This type of sleep apnea involves the brain, which fails to detect the lack of function in the breathing muscles signalling the body to breathe normally. This results in temporary lapses of breathing. Snoring is not a symptom of this type of sleep apnea.
In this type of sleep apnea, you can suffer a combined form of both, obstructive and central sleep apnea. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, it’s vital to consult one of our experienced dentists for proper diagnosis and treatment.
There are multiple self-remedies you can try to prevent sleep apnea from getting worse and to avoid snoring, but visiting a specialist is always advised. Things you can try at home include:
The most suitable treatment can be determined by our dentists based on your unique condition and needs. Schedule a consultation with us today!
When it comes to professional help, that’s where we step in! There are several devices that your dentist can provide you with, such as the CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure machine) to ensure that you have a continuous flow of air throughout the night when you sleep. Other options for treating sleep apnea and avoiding snoring include oral devices or, when necessary, surgery.
At Wyndham Dental, we create customised oral devices such as the Mandibular advancement device, which involves wearing an appliance much like a mouthguard. It holds the position of the lower jaw slightly forward while you lay back and sleep, preventing it from falling back and obstructing the air passage.
Sleep apnea induced by snoring is a serious health concern that should be addressed the moment you or your partner realise that you have been suffering any of its symptoms, even if it is as simple as daytime fatigue. Poor sleep compromises your health, and our team is here to help by providing you with an array of effective treatment options.