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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

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In Brief:

OSA is caused by complete or partial obstruction of upper airway during sleep. OSA is present when the airway at the back of the throat is repeatedly blocked, partly or completely during sleep. Since it occurs at night while you sleep, people are unaware that they were suffering thus it goes undiagnosed.

Sleep Apnoea results from tongue and soft palate collapsing on to the back of the throat while you sleep, this obstructs upper airway causing airflow to be restricted or completely stopped, often for more than 10 seconds at a time. Your brain signals the body that there is a lack of oxygen and adrenaline is released and you arouse. This is where you may gasp for breath.

This is an obstructive apnoea and the process repeats itself over and over again through out the night. The combination of low oxygen levels and consistent disturbed interrupted sleep can cause the patient to feel exhausted through out the day, thus it is vital that if you have any symptoms you have a SLEEP STUDY to assist your risk of sleep disordered breathing, as the ill effects of sleep apnoea can contribute to a host of very serious health concerns like cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack and memory loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is at Risk?

Those that suffer an increased risk of suffering from sleep apnoea are males who are moderately to severely overweight, and those over the age of 40. But almost anyone can suffer, even petite women and children.

How Do I Know That I Have Sleep Apnoea?

Signs and symptoms include :

  • Unrefreshed sleep
  • Tiredness/fatigue and irritability in the mornings and during the day
  • Snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Frequently walking through out the night to go to toilet or get a drink
  • Regular Morning headaches
  • Worn teeth caused by clenching or grinding of teeth
  • Poor memory
  • Reflux problems
  • Dark circles or bags under or around the eyes.
  • Going to the toilet frequently through out the night
  • For many gagging or gasping for air at times whilst sleeping or loud snoring.
Why Is It So Harmful?

Repetitive airway collapse can lead to large pressure fluctuations in the lungs and oxygen deficiency, which places stress on the heart and cardiovascular system.

Consequently in people with OSA, the risk of high blood pressure stroke and sudden cardiovascular death during sleep is increased, as is diabetes. Most recently, OSA has been associated with an increased risk of cancer death. Thus it is imperative that once diagnosed with OSA you are adequately treated.

Due to strain on the system from arousing over and over due to lack of oxygen, as much as 500 times a night; inhibits body from getting the refreshed sleep it needs. OSA is often unrecognized cause of daytime sleepiness. Sleep Apnoea can also be associated risk Factor for serious medical conditions such as

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease 33% increase in Cardio Vascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune compromise
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Memory impairment/loss
  • Poor motor skills

We offer range of solutions to sleep apnea. Please schedule yourself for further evaluation if you have any queries.

Phone: 03 8790 0320
Email: admin@peninsuladental.com.au
Address: 190 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston VIC 3199