When you visit Kooringal Dental, our dentist will talk to you about your symptoms and can take a look at your mouth and throat. Sometimes this condition can be caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils and if this is the case then we can refer you to an ENT surgeon. The airway can become blocked as the neck muscles relax during sleep and some people simply have a narrow airway. Often OSA can be easily treated by using an oral device. This will be custom-made for you and works by bringing the lower jaw forward slightly, which helps to open up the airway during sleep.
Other treatments include Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP). For this treatment you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and which is attached to a machine that will regulate the air pressure as you inhale. This prevents the airway from collapsing during sleep and suppresses snoring.
We can certainly talk to you about ways to treat any symptoms of sleep apnoea. Quite often making lifestyle changes can make a difference. For example, ensuring your weight is within a healthy range and avoiding caffeinated drinks before bedtime can make a difference. Other people find avoiding alcohol and smoking to be useful.
To schedule a consultation with our dentists, please call us on (02) 6922 6840. We are located at Kooringal Mall, 32/269-293 Lake Albert Road, Kooringal NSW 2650.