Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Are you always tired even after a good night’s sleep?
Does your partner complain about you snoring? Or maybe they’ve said you sometimes stop breathing during sleep?
Wake up in the middle of the night choking or gasping for air?

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

These are all symptoms of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs during the night when your airway is blocked and breathing is stopped. This is a serious health condition which is associated with many systemic conditions including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attacks
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You may be thinking-
What does a dentist have to do with Sleep Apnea?

There are several signs and symptoms in the mouth that a dentist trained in breathing disorders can pick-up on. Once identified you will be referred to an ear, nose and throat surgeon (ENT) or a specialist sleep physician who will investigate further with a sleep study.

At Kareela Family Dental, our dentists have had extensive training in sleep disordered breathing, and can help direct you into the appropriate help if they suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea. By having sleep apnea treated, you can greatly improve your quality of life and lifespan.

A common misconception is that sleep apnea only occurs in adults. A child can also suffer from sleep apnea and experience obstructions throughout the night. This can heavily affect their facial development, cause tooth crowding, make them tired and restless.

I’ve been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. How can my dentist help?

Your sleep physician or ENT will recommend options for you sleep apnea, which often include:
– Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP)
A CPAP machine sends a constant flow of oxygen to keep your airway open and breathing normally
– Lifestyle changes – weight loss, sleep hygiene
– Surgery
If there are obstructions causing the sleep apnea, they can be surgically removed to open up the airway
– Mandibular advancement splint (MAS)
A MAS device is a solution for mild and moderate sleep apnea. It positions the jaw and tongue forward to open your airways. At Kareela Family Dental, we are trained to work with your sleep physician to fabricate and fit these devices

If you think you, your partner or child may be suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea, please call or book now.

I’ve been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. How can my dentist help?

Your sleep physician or ENT will recommend options for you sleep apnea, which often include:
– Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP)
A CPAP machine sends a constant flow of oxygen to keep your airway open and breathing normally
– Lifestyle changes – weight loss, sleep hygiene
– Surgery
If there are obstructions causing the sleep apnea, they can be surgically removed to open up the airway
– Mandibular advancement splint (MAS)
A MAS device is a solution for mild and moderate sleep apnea. It positions the jaw and tongue forward to open your airways. At Kareela Family Dental, we are trained to work with your sleep physician to fabricate and fit these devices

If you think you, your partner or child may be suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea, please call or book now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Snoring and Bruxism are potential signs of Sleep Apnea. If you suffer from this, mention this to your Kareela Family Dentist at your next visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Snoring and Bruxism are potential signs of Sleep Apnea. If you suffer from this, mention this to your Kareela Family Dentist at your next visit.
Please note:

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

Any information that is provided is not a substitute for professional dental advice. Any advice offered or information provided is to be considered general in nature and not reliable until a full physical professional examination has been undertaken by an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Until such time you should not undertake treatment without a second opinion or without seeking further advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Please note:

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

Any information that is provided is not a substitute for professional dental advice. Any advice offered or information provided is to be considered general in nature and not reliable until a full physical professional examination has been undertaken by an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Until such time you should not undertake treatment without a second opinion or without seeking further advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.