Sleep Apnoea

At CBD Dental your dentist can help with sleep apnoea

Sleep Apnoea

Snoring can be problematic and stressful, not only for the person who snores. But also for their partners, preventing a restful night’s sleep and even placing a strain on relationships.

While disrupted sleep can cause a range of health problems on its own, loud and persistent snoring can also indicate a more serious health condition called obstructive sleep apnoea. This occurs when the tissues at the back of the throat or tongue relax too much during sleep and block the airway.

The good news is that sleep apnoea is a treatable condition – and you may be surprised to learn that your dentist can help!

At CBD Dental, we offer an alternative to traditional treatments, which usually involves a mask that can be uncomfortable to wear and difficult to use. Instead, we offer oral appliance therapy – an advanced treatment that uses a custom oral device to gently adjust the jaw position.

If you or your partner are suffering as a result of nightly snoring, find out how our experienced team of expert dentists can help you achieve a solid night’s sleep, so you can wake feeling rested and refreshed.

The signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea

While formal diagnosis of sleep apnoea requires a clinical sleep study, the following signs may indicate that someone is experiencing this condition:

  • Waking up with a sore throat
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Choking or waking abruptly from sleep
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood disorders

You may first be alerted to the fact that you snore or stop breathing during sleep by a partner or family member.

It’s very important to address potential sleep apnoea as early as possible, as the lack of restorative sleep caused by this condition can lead to a number of more serious health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Exhaustion
  • Early death
  • Dangerous operation of vehicles

A better approach with Oral Appliance Therapy

At CBD Dental, we understand the importance of a sleep apnoea treatment that’s effective, comfortable and sustainable… that’s why we offer oral appliance therapy. This treatment involves the use of a custom oral appliance, which gently adjusts the jaw to allow for the free-flow of air during sleep.

It can provide relief for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnoea and most patients find it to be a more suitable treatment option than CPAP therapy.

Sleep Apnoea

Oral appliance therapy

Oral appliance therapy can also be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy for patients who suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnoea.

Learn more about oral appliance therapy in this video:

In addition, a similar device can be used to control snoring in the absence of a sleep apnoea diagnosis, creating a better sleep environment for you and your partner.

How sleep apnoea is treated at CBD Dental

For many people who’ve received a sleep apnoea diagnosis, treatment often begins with CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy. This requires the wearing of a mask during sleep to force pressure into the airway in order to keep it open.

As you can imagine, this mask can be uncomfortable and, as a result, many patients struggle to use it correctly, remove it during sleep, or even refuse to wear it altogether.

If snoring is impacting you and your partner, get in touch with our friendly team to learn how we can help you finally enjoy a better night’s sleep and the many health benefits that come with it.

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