Obstructive sleep apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea, also known as sleep apnoea is a condition involving the obstruction of the airways while a person is sleeping. Sleep apnoea is linked to a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

The tell-tale signs of obstructive sleep apnoea are as follows:

  • Gasping or choking sensations that awaken you during sleep.
  • Daytime fatigue.
  • A lack of energy and irritability.
  • Frequent teeth grinding during sleep (bruxism), leading to increased tooth cavities, jaw pain and headaches.

If we suspect that you have obstructive sleep apnoea, in some cases, further tests may be required to reach a diagnosis. This is normally done through a GP. Although, after a diagnosis is made, Goulburn Dental Care will closely examine and treat this condition in a variety of ways.

Custom mouth guards for sleep apnoea

A common symptom of sleep apnoea is bruxism, or persistent grinding of the teeth. This often leads to extensive tooth cavities, headaches and jaw pain. A custom mouth guard can help with these symptoms of sleep apnoea. The team at Goulburn Dental Care will be able to create a custom mouth guard for you in order to protect your teeth and alleviate the pain and tooth damage caused by obstructive sleep apnoea. Book an appointment today by calling (02) 4821 2531.