What is it?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. It is characterized by a number of sleep-related issues. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, for example, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
The main types of sleep apnea are:
- Obstructive sleep apnea – this is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when throat muscles relax during sleep to the extent that the soft tissue collapses and blocks the airway. This can result in the sufferer not breathing, lasting anywhere from several seconds to a minute (or more).
- Central sleep apnea – this occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome – this is also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, and occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can be dangerous, and even life-threatening in some cases.
Fortunately, the most common form – obstructive sleep apnea – can be treated very successfully with an oral appliance which is worn by the patient during sleep. Also sometimes referred to as a ‘snoring appliance’, these devices have proven an effective treatment option for many sleep apnea patients when fitted properly by a dentist or orthodontist.
Why might you need it?
Signs of sleep apnea can include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive, persistent snoring,
- Excessive daytime sleepiness,
- Memory problems,
- Fatigue, and
If any of these sound like you, or somebody you know, it may be time to consult an expert to explore whether the culprit is obstructive sleep apnea.
What can The Esthene Dental Centre do for you?
Do you, or someone you know, struggle with snoring (be honest!), persistent exhaustion, and all the associated side-effects of poor sleep?
It’s time you consulted the experts to find out if obstructive sleep apnea is the cause of all your sleep problems.
After diagnosis, our Esthene Dental Centre dentists have the expertise to comfortably fit a custom-made sleep apnea device or guard to effectively treat your problem. And treat you (and your partner!) to a good night’s sleep once again.