We see patients come into our practice with a wide range of issues. One problem that we see a lot of are people having problems with Sleep Apnoea, a potentially life-threatening condition if left unchecked.
Instead of doing a ‘dentist near me’ search online, here’s what you need to know about this illness and how we can help you.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep Apnoea is essentially the condition when you stop breathing whilst you are asleep. It’s a fairly common problem that often goes undiagnosed because a lot of symptoms tend to manifest when you’re asleep, hence why you would be unaware of having it? Because of this, many people go undiagnosed every year.
What are the signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnoea?
If you’re this far in and haven’t reached for your phone to search for a ‘dentist near me’ then you’re doing well as it can be a pretty scary condition to have because it’s so hard to spot. But thankfully there are signs to keep an eye out for if you have a feeling that you may have such a condition.
The typical signs of sleep apnoea are if you’re waking up a lot, snoring excessively loud, gasping in your sleep, feeling tired all the time, having mood swings or trouble concentrating, persistent headaches upon waking, or if you live with a partner and they notice that you stop breathing. Any of these are potential red flags for Sleep Apnoea. If you are showing any of these symptoms or think you might be, then contact our team as soon as you can.
Our team at the Healthy Smile Centre are proud to offer treatments for Sleep Apnoea and we will strive to help you breathe normally once again.
What to do
If you think you may have this condition, then there are a few things you can do. If it’s possible, try to document as much information about your symptoms or patterns as you can; the more information you have at your disposal, the easier it will be for us to diagnose and treat you. There are a number of phone apps available that help record sleep patterns.
It may be the case that your sleeping problems are stemming from other sources, so the best way we can eliminate that is to have as much data as possible from you.
Treatment of Sleep Apnoea
There are numerous treatments available for Sleep Apnoea in our dental practice. In most cases, you may be given a CPAP machine that will gentle pump air into a mask that you wear over your nose or mouth whilst you sleep. This will be worn as you sleep and should improve your breathing and stop your airways from getting too narrow, which can restrict your oxygen supply.
We recommend you come in to see us as soon as possible, as our dedicated and well-trained team will be able to asses the correct treatment for you.
Hopefully this has helped clear up a few things about Sleep Apnoea; if you’re concerned you may be suffering from this condition then contact us as soon as you can.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.