SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING (WHICH INCLUDES SLEEP APNOEA) MAY BE THEMOST UNDER-DIAGNOSED AND POORLY MANAGED MEDICAL CONDITION THERE IS.
Its prevalence has surpassed both diabetes and asthma. Yet only one in 100 people with sleep apnoea is being helped on a nightly basis.
Sleep apnoea doesn’t simply mean you’re tired or you snore. It’s implicated in a great number of medical conditions:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Heart disease
• Tiredness and sleepiness
• Difficulty concentrating
• Loss of enjoyment of life
• Weight gain/ difficulty losing weight
Sleep apnoea occurs when a person’s airway closes during sleep. Some people have airways prone to collapse due to poor jaw development, a large tongue, bad posture or weight gain. These people have a higher risk of suffering from sleep apnoea.
As you can imagine, not being able to breathe is extremely stressful to the body. Blood pressure and heart rate see-saw throughout the night. The brain gets roused out of deeper restorative sleep and turns into a battle of survival rather than rest and recovery.
The Fanelli Dental team have advanced training in the physiologic approach to treating sleep apnoea and can arrange a sleep screening/study to establish how many times per hour you stop breathing.
The team also look for key indicators that show that a patient is having airway restriction. Many people with clenching and grinding, ongoing cracking of teeth, snoring, morning headaches and mild to moderate sleep apnoea can often benefit from an oral appliance as a good first line of treatment.