Discover the effect sleep apnoea has on your oral health.
December 21, 2023
Unveil the hidden link between sleep apnea and oral health woes in our latest post. Discover how interrupted sleep patterns can lead to dental issues, and gain insights into maintaining a healthy smile amidst this common sleep disorder. Your well-rested grin awaits!

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Struggling with Sleep Apnoea?

Snoring or sleepy during the day?  These are two of the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  In OSA the back of the throat and tongue relaxes during sleep, blocking the airway.  This can wake you up if you cannot get a breath and disturb a good night’s rest.

Obstructive sleep apnoea  F A C T S:
It can occur in children, but is more common in adults
Risk increases with age
Hormones play a role
Being overweight, tobacco and alcohol use increases your risk

Oral signs of OSA can include dry mouth or ridges on the tongue.  The first step in treatment is usually to address contributing factors.  An oral appliance can be made to push the tongue or jaw forward during sleep, opening the airway.   A CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) blows air through a mask keeping the airway open and is also used for treatment.  Surgical options are also available but less invasive approaches are preferred first.  Talk to your dentist as they have very good knowledge of oral structures and can guide you.

Having obstructive sleep apnoea can increase your risk of high blood pressure, recurrent heart attack, stroke and irregular heartbeats so early identification and treatment is important.

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