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Sleep Apnoea Belmont WA

We all know what snoring is. But we may not realise that snoring can have several different causes and degrees of medical significance.

1 out of every 10 adults snore while sleeping. Majority of these people will not have any negative impacts on their health.

For every 1 out of 100 people who snore, the symptoms are the result of a dangerous and possibly life-threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnoea.

The most common type of sleep apnoea is called obstructive sleep apnoea.

Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when a person frequently stops breathing momentarily while sleeping as a result of an obstruction in the airway.

Causes of Sleep Apnoea

The most common cause of OSA is linked to the soft tissues of the mouth and throat, which becomes more relaxed when sleeping.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is common among males. Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a large neck
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Allergies
  • Family history of sleep apnoea
  • Enlarged tonsils or tongue
  • Being over the age of 40

Obstructive sleep apnoea can also occur among children, usually has to do with anatomical issues like enlarged tonsils or sinus problems but may also be associated with dental conditions such as having a large overlapping of the teeth and malocclusions.

There are also other forms of sleep apnoea, such as central sleep apnoea.

Central sleep apnoea (CSA) occurs when there is failure breathing as a result of the nervous system failing to control and induce breathing.

Risk factors for CSA include the following: old age, heart disorders, narcotic pain medication, and stroke.

Complex sleep apnoea occurs when a person suffers from OSA and CSA at the same time.


Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

Symptoms of sleep apnoea include:

  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping
  • Choking or gasping for air during sleep
  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Waking up in the middle of your sleep to catch your breath
  • Being tired and sleepy during the day

Sleep Apnoea Treatment

If you suffer from sleep apnoea, you can start treating it at home by making necessary lifestyle changes and adjustments to your sleeping routines, which include:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting more exercise
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks right before sleeping
  • Do not take sleeping pills
  • Do not take medications without physician’s advice
  • Try sleeping on your side

Your Belmont WA dentist can check your mouth to make sure that your sleep apnoea is not associated with any other dental problems. We may also recommend treatment options or lifestyle changes.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Belmont WA

If you think you might have sleep apnoea, see your Belmont WA dentist. Treatment can alleviate your symptoms and might help prevent more severe problems such as heart problems and other complications.

To find out more about sleep apnoea treatments in Belmont WA, please contact us today at (08) 9478 2349.

We are located at 5/132 Epsom Ave in Belmont WA.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a medical condition that causes a person to stop breathing while asleep. These interruptions of oxygen cause a wide variety of symptoms and are linked to some serious conditions.
If my bed partner is a loud snorer, should I be concerned, and what should I do?
Yes, there are several reasons to be concerned. Chronic loud snoring is one of the most common findings with obstructive sleep apnoea, and in fact, the louder and more chronic the snoring is, the greater the likelihood of OSA.
Is sleep apnoea dangerous?
Yes. People with sleep apnoea actually experience oxygen deprivation while they sleep. Their sleep is very ineffective and can leave them extremely during the day, which can lead to accidents while working or driving. Some other risks of untreated sleep apnoea include heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

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