Sleep Apnoea Gold Coast QLD
Could you be suffering from sleep apnoea without your knowledge? Over one million Australians currently struggle with this condition
Sleep apnoea only affects patients while they are sleeping and as such is very difficult to self-diagnose. Often, long-term partners are not even aware.
What is sleep apnoea?
Patients who suffer from sleep apnoea have a condition where obstructions, for example the tongue or soft tissue in the throat, blocks air flow from the mouth. This means the patient is not receiving oxygen for short periods of time throughout the night. To combat this, the patient will become semi-conscious before falling back to sleep again. This process can occur many times a night, meaning the patient will not have a proper night’s sleep the entire time they are suffering with from this condition.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?
As mentioned earlier, the condition only affects patients when they are sleeping and as such can be difficult to identify. However, there are some symptoms that may suggest you are suffering from this condition. They include:
- Feeling tired
- Needing naps to get through the day
- Headaches in the morning
- Unintentionally falling asleep in the day
Most of these symptoms occur because you are not getting enough sleep, and your body is trying to catch up throughout the day.
Sleep apnoea treatment
If left untreated, this condition can lead to further problems from oxygen deprivation and sleep deprivation. Varsity Smiles offer patients two of the leading appliances for treating this serious condition to help our patients finally get a good night’s sleep.
SomnoDent is a removable appliance that is attached to the upper and lower jaw in a similar manner to a mouthguard. It brings the lower jaw (or mandible) forwards and brings the tongue with it. This removes the obstruction and allows airflow again. SomnoDent therapy is a market leader and has treated 250,000 patients in 26 countries.
The Oventus Clearway device is a different design for treating this condition. The appliance is attached to the mouth; however, it also extends outside of the mouth. This lets air flow through the appliance and straight to the back of the throat. To get the right fit, we utilise CAD software to create a 3D scan of your mouth and jaw.