Sleep apnoea is caused by the airways collapsing throughout the night and is often linked with snoring and other symptoms. The collapsed airways can make the loose soft tissues in your throat to vibrate, producing the sound we recognise as snoring. However, snoring can often be a sign of the more serious condition, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). As the muscles of the throat and tongue relax, the blockage of the airway causes temporary pauses to your breathing and results in less oxygen reaching the brain.
As the restriction on your throat results in an insufficient flow of oxygen to the brain, your brain will force your body to spasm and momentarily wake up before resuming a normal breathing pattern. This process can take place numerous times throughout the night, without you even realising. Because you have had an inconsistent rest and interrupted sleeping patterns, during the hours of the day you’ll likely feel sleepy and even agitated.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU LEAVE IT…
Untreated sleep apnoea can lead to serious health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems and other systemic issues. Common symptoms of sleep apnoea include snoring, waking up feeling thirsty or dehydrated, or a constant feeling of fatigue.
At Precision Dental Care@Kingston, we can examine you and get you on the road to a better health and a better night’s sleep. We may be able to provide a solution to this problem with our anti-snoring appliance which helps to maintain a clear airway. As a result, restful and undisturbed sleep can be maintained.
It is also recommended that other physicians such as your GP and sleep specialists are involved in this to achieve the most appropriate solution for you.