Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which the soft tissues of the throat, including the tongue, collapse against the throat. This blocks the upper airway and reduces the amount of oxygen reaching your lungs; almost like you are holding your breath. When blood oxygen levels drop low enough, the brain sends a signal to partially wake the sleeper to clear the obstruction, usually with the gasp or cough. This can happen many times during the night.
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- teeth grinding / clenching
- dry mouth/throat when waking
- excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- reflux problems
- mood swings and irritability
- reduced mental function including depression, poor concentration, poor memory and lack of motivation
Somnomed – oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea
For those who suffer with mild to moderate sleep apnea, treatment may be a dental device such as a mandibular advancement device/splint.
This device is custom made and is worn while you sleep.
It works to position the lower jaw forward to widen your airway and thus greatly reduces or eliminates the snoring and apnoeic events.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms speak to our professional staff on (02) 9908 7889 for more guidance and information on the subject.
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