Sleep Apnoea and Snoring treatment
Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together or collapse during sleep, blocking off the upper part of the airway. A person with this disorder might have a sleep disturbance hundreds of times every night. Symptoms may include daytime sleepiness and poor concentration.
It’s estimated that about five per cent of Australians suffer from this sleep disorder, with around one in four men over the age of 30 years affected.
Symptoms of sleep apnoea
- Short term memory problems
- Weight gain
- Gastric reflux
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Slow metabolism
- Inability to lose weight
- High blood pressure
- Snoring or ‘squeaking’ during sleep
- Appearing to have breathing difficulty during sleep
- Restlessness or sleeping in abnormal positions with the head in unusual positions
- Experiencing night terrors, sleep walking or bed wetting
- Mouth breathing
- Daytime hyperactivity or being irritable, agitated aggressive or cranky
- Difficulty in waking up in the morning
- Appearing very sleepy or actually falling asleep during the day
The most effective treatment available is a mask worn at night that keeps the back of the throat open by forcing air through the nose. However, some people with sleep apnoea find the mask difficult to tolerate. Another treatment is the use of a mouth guard. They work by holding the jaw forward during sleep. When properly made, they can be effective for mild to moderate sleep apnoea.