Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical issue which can often be treated by a dentist.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea (also spelt as Apnoea) is a sleeping disorder that consists of regular lapses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common condition and occurs when the soft tissue situated at the rear of the throat blocks the airway.

The brain is forced to send an emergency order to the body to partially awaken to resume normal breathing. Many people with sleep apnea go undiagnosed as they are not aware of these breathing lapses.

A man having trouble sleeping while his partner is snoring due to her sleep apnea

What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common signs of obstructive sleep apnea include sleepiness during the day, insomnia and extreme headaches in the early morning. Sleeping partners may also be aware of your excessive snoring, lapses in breathing during sleep, and frequent episodes of gasping for breath while you are still asleep.

Why is sleep apnea dangerous?

Airway obstruction can occur as frequently as 30 times or more per hour, often for extended periods. This regular interrupted breathing pattern can not only result in a poor sleep and headaches, it also causes high levels of carbon dioxide to build in the blood. The heart needs to work harder to distribute depleted oxygen stores and this places extra strain on the heart often leading to heart disease.

What causes sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is sometimes connected to being overweight, but not always. However, having an incorrect bite is also one of the many other causes which can result in the muscles of the tongue and neck blocking the airways during sleep. An overbite is a common cause and can be treated by a dentist.

Your sleep apnea treatment with Dr Finkelstein

Step 1

Assessment

We will begin by conducting a number of examinations to inspect and diagnose the problem and subsequently to choose an appropriate treatment method.

Step 2

Diagnosis and Treatment

A dental device that lightly eases the lower jaw forward and is an option that is simple to wear and avoids the need for surgery. The device aids to stop the tongue from obstructing the air passage.

Dr Finkelstein, staff and family

Is sleep apnea affecting your life?

Find out how Dr. Finkelstein can help you sleep better and improve your health.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Dr Finkelstein will explain these to you carefully at the time of your consultation as well as address any questions you may have.  We also recommend before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.