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how do I know if I have sleep apnoea?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Malisano Dental

Sleep apnoea is a condition in which breathing stops for 10 seconds or more during sleep.  This disrupts normal sleep pattern and can cause oxygen levels to drop dangerously low.  This action rarely results in full wakefulness and few or none of the events can be remembered the next day. 
There are two types of sleep apnea – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Central Sleep Apnoea.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (most common) occurs when the muscles around your throat and tongue partially or completely block the airway during sleep. 

Common symptoms of OSA are snoring, daytime sleepiness, restless sleep, morning headaches, poor memory and concentration and irritability. 
Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA) is the absence of chest movements while asleep. 
This is the result of reduced signals from the brain to drive breathing.  Symptoms usually are excessive daytime sleepiness and repeated awakenings at night.  It is more prevalent in the elderly and in those with co -morbidities such as heart failure or stroke.  Other medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, renal failure and drugs such as long acting opoids? can lead to CSA 
Both conditions can occur together. 
Treatment is aimed at improving oxygen levels while you are sleeping.  This can be either with CPAP or a precision custom made oral appliance.  Depending on the condition, medication may be recommended. 

Dr Malisano is a general cosmetic dentist with special interest in Dental Sleep Medicine. 
Call us on 075532 1933 or email for more information on sleep apnoea.

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Dr. Leanne Malisano is one of the most experienced cosmetic dental surgeons in Australia. A special interest in Jaw Joint Therapy, Sleep Apnea, Smile Makeovers and Dental Implants.

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