Wake up to the problem

Wake up to the problem
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What do the following concerns have to do with each other?

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Heart attack, stroke, irregular heart function and cardiovascular failure
  • Depression
  • A feeling of constant stress and tiredness
  • Memory loss
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile Dysfunction

You may not have guessed it, but they are all concerns linked with sleep apnoea.

Did you know…?

Your dentist can help you treat sleep apnoea. While many people assume dentistry is solely about teeth, Dr Louis Chan and our dental professionals at MyDental Care in Meadowbank are experienced in the full spectrum of dental care.

Explaining sleep apnoea

Have you been struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Or have you been waking feeling unrested?

You may have sleep apnoea.

While there are different types of sleep apnoea, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse during sleep, partially blocking the airway off. This blockage can cause vibrations, or a snoring sound, that can disturb you or your loved ones.

Furthermore, if these tissues completely block off the airway, this can cause a cessation of airflow. This will subsequently cause the sufferer to momentarily wake up in order to kick-start normal breathing again. This cycle causes a range of serious health issues and can have a dramatic impact on your wellbeing.

Looking out for the symptoms

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While it is not uncommon to have a bad night’s sleep every now and then, a constant feeling of tiredness should be a source of concern. Some symptoms that may indicate you have sleep apnoea include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Snoring
  • Gasping while sleeping
  • Feeling unrested despite having gone to bed for an adequate amount of time

Who is a potential candidate for sleep apnoea?

Anyone can have OSA.

While this is true, there are a number of different factors that can increase the likelihood of having OSA. Some people who may be vulnerable to this condition include those that are overweight, over the age of 40 and those who mouth breathe, as well as a number of other factors.

Experienced OSA care with Dr Louis Chan

Dr Louis Chan is highly experienced in providing sleep apnoea treatment. Treatment of OSA involves the use of oral appliance therapy which corrects the position of your jaws and the throat tissue. Dr Louis Chan will assess the severity of your sleep apnoea at our Meadowbank practice to ensure that the correct measures are taken. MyDental Care will always aim to correct sleep apnoea and other dental issues without the need for oral surgery.

If you think you, your partner or your child may have sleep apnoea please contact our dental professionals at our Meadowbank practice in the City of Ryde.

About the Author

Dr Louis Chan

Dr Louis Chan has a special interest in holistic dentistry and is a certified provider of Myobrace, Insignia, Rapid Smiles and Invisalign.

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