Sleep Apnoea is the temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep. Your brain senses this inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so you can reopen your airway. This awakening is usually so brief that you don’t remember it. This pattern can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night long. These disruptions impair your ability to reach the desired deep, restful phases of sleep, and you’ll probably feel sleepy during your waking hours.
People with Sleep Apnoea may not be aware that their sleep was interrupted. In fact, some people with this type of Sleep Apnoea think they sleep well all night.
Fortunately, Sleep Apnoea can be diagnosed and treated.
Because Sleep Apnoea is a serious medical condition, the treatment is only provided after appropriate tests are completed. An overnight sleep study is also essential which can be organised locally at the Bendigo Sleep Lab. Our specially trained dentist Dr Vijay Devayya at Palm Square Dental Care will work closely with your doctor, Sleep Lab and medical specialists to monitor your condition and the effectiveness of therapy.
Dental Devices for Sleep Apnoea
We fabricate a device that is custom made for you. It is called a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) Device and works by pushing your lower jaw forwards, and allowing your airway to open up more. There will be less of a risk that your airway will vibrate (snore) or obstruct throughout your sleep.
Bedtime tips for preventing Sleep Apnoea:
- Sleep on your side
- Prop your head up
- Encourage nasal breathing
Contact our friendly dental team to learn more about Snoring and Sleep Apnoea and how we can help you.