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Sleep Apnoea Leichhardt

Loud snoring making you feel tired during the day?

Learn more about the causes of sleep apnoea, how to recognise the signs and symptoms, and what you can do to help yourself or a loved one.

Sleep apnoea is a potentially severe sleep problem where breathing is repeatedly disrupted while sleeping.

If you snore loudly and don’t feel energetic, mentally sharp, or productive during the day, you might have sleep apnoea.

Causes of Sleep Apnoea

The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnoea is related to the soft tissues of the mouth and throat, which becomes more relaxed during sleep.

Here are the risk factors:

  • Overweight
  • Large neck
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Allergies
  • History of sleep apnoea in the family
  • Enlarged tonsils and/or tongue
  • Age 40 and over

Obstructive sleep apnoea can also happen to children, usually has to do with enlarged tonsils or sinus problems but may also be because of dental conditions like having large overlaps and irregular bites.

There are other forms of sleep apnoea, such as central and complex sleep apnoea.

Central sleep apnoea (CSA) occurs when there is failure breathing due to the nervous system failing to control and induce breathing.

Complex sleep apnoea occurs when a person has OSA and CSA at the same time.


Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

Symptoms of sleep apnoea are as follows:

  • Long pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Choking or gasping for air during sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up in the middle of your sleep to catch your breath
  • Being tired and sleepy during the day

Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

If you are suffering from sleep apnoea, you can start treating it at home by making changes in your lifestyle and adjustments to your sleeping routine, which include the following:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting more exercise
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks right before sleeping
  • Do not take sleeping pills
  • Do not take medications without physician’s advice
  • Try sleeping on your side

Your Leichhardt dentist can examine your mouth to make sure that your sleep apnoea is not associated with any dental problems. We may also recommend treatment options.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Leichhardt

If you think you might have sleep apnoea, see your Leichhardt dentist.

Dental treatments can alleviate your symptoms and might help prevent more severe problems such as heart problems and other complications.

Request an appointment with your dentist in Leichhardt today.

Call us on (02) 9171 0840 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Shop 48, Leichhardt Marketplace Shopping Centre, 122-138 Flood Street in Leichhardt.