Sleep Apnea Snoring

Do you suffer from Sleep Apnea and its asscoiated symptoms
  • Do you have interrupted sleep?
  • Do you Snore?
  • Has your partner told you that you snore?
  • Do you get dark rings around your eyes?
  • Have you put on weight?
  • Are you tired during the day?
These may all be symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Snoring! Please call our office Dr Finkelstein for treatment for your Sleep Apnea and snoring and these associated symptoms. The difference in how you feel during the day without the symptoms of Sleep Apnea can be with more energy and free. We look forward to being able to help you.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Modern techniques used by Dr Finkelstein now provide more convenient options to treat Sleep Apnoea. One of these includes 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 can help as it stops the tongue from obstructing the air passage. For a more lasting solution, surgery is another option that has a higher success rate and Dr Finkelstein would refer you to an oral surgeon. Before choosing an appropriate treatment path, a dentist will need to officially make a correct diagnosis of each unique case.

When presented with a potential case of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, the dentist will start by conducting a number of examinations to inspect and diagnose the problem and subsequently to choose an appropriate treatment method. There are multiple treatment processes for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, and the suitable treatment will be agreed upon in accordance with the diagnosis and wellbeing of the patient.

Sleep Apnea Facts

Sleep Apnoea is a sleep disorder existing in people of all ages that can be potentially life threatening. Sleep Apnoea consists of recurrent lapses in breathing throughout one’s sleep. The pauses can vary in length, from only a few seconds to minutes, and also vary in frequency, possibly occurring in some as repeatedly as 30 times or more per hour. This regular interrupted breathing pattern results in an uneven distribution of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream. This is because there is an inadequate amount of carbon dioxide being emitted by the body and insufficient oxygen entering the body. The brain then senses this inequity and directs a message to the body ordering it to awaken and resume the breathing process. People suffering from Sleep Apnoea will only partially wake up as they find it challenging to breath, with this struggle often heard in the form of snoring or choking noises. People with Sleep Apnoea are often oblivious to the fact that they have a sleeping disorder as they do not always awaken completely in the night, hence it can continue to be undiagnosed for a long period of time.

There are two core types of Sleep Apnoea:

  • Central Sleep Apnoea: this arises when the brain does not send vital messages to the breathing muscles.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: this occurs when air cannot move through the mouth or nose, despite the body still attempting to breathe.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is more common and can be treated by a dentist. Frequent signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea include sleepiness during the day, insomnia and extreme headaches in the early morning. At our practice, we are professionally trained and harbour the expertise and technology to successfully treat Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in a multitude of ways.

Why Treat Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep Apnoea is a sleep disorder that can be potentially deadly and therefore must be treated as soon as possible. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs when the soft tissue situated at the rear of the throat falls into the airway, followed by the tongue falling to the back of the throat. This constricts the airway and creates an obstruction, impeding the ability of the oxygen to enter the lungs. This situation deteriorates when the diaphragm, chest region and abdomen simultaneously contest for air, additionally tightening the airway. For the patient to be able to breathe again, they must awaken from their sleep in order to tense their tongue and eliminate the soft tissue from blocking the airway. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea results in the carbon dioxide levels in the patient’s bloodstream to escalate and for the oxygen level to reduce dramatically. This means that the heart is required to pump the blood more quickly and harder in order to recompense for the decreased amount of oxygen. People with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea have been known to have dangerous heart-related illnesses. Technically, people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea “die” multiple times every night and thus it is extremely necessary for the condition to be examined and treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS