Most people will snore occasionally, but sleep apnoea is quite different and the most common form of this condition is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). During sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat begin to relax and with OSA this results in the airway becoming blocked. Breathing can cease for several seconds until the sufferer partially awakens, usually with a loud gasp or snort.
OSA can impact everyday life and general health. While you may have no memory of waking frequently during the night, this condition can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, making it difficult to concentrate at work and increasing the risk of accidents. In the longer term, OSA can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks.
We can provide customised oral devices to help treat most cases of mild to moderate OSA. These are comfortable and unobtrusive and work by moving the lower jaw slightly forward, holding open the airway so you can breathe normally and can benefit from deep, relaxing sleep. Very occasionally surgery may be an option if OSA is due to a physical problem such as large adenoids or tonsils or an unusual throat structure.
For more information, please call us on (02) 6291 5533. We are located at 2/26 Benham St, Chisholm ACT 2905.