Sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea Treatment

What is sleep apnoea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a serious medical disorder in which a sleeping person may stop breathing many times during the night, sometimes over 50 times in a single hour. In the UK, OSA is as common as Diabetes and twice as common as Asthma. A person with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea may wake up several times in the night, because of reduced oxygen supply to the brain, although they are unaware of this interrupted sleep. Because of frequent wakings in the night, a person may display excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and doze off at odd hours. Individuals suffering from Sleep Apnoea are usually habitual snorers.
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How does sleep apnoea affect your health?

OSA occurs when the muscles in your airway relax so much that the air passage closes down completely or narrows to an extent that you can't breathe. Inability to breath causes a drop in the oxygen levels in the blood and when your brain doesn't get enough oxygen through blood circulation, it rouses you from sleep so you can reopen your airway and breath. These brief awakening episodes occur so frequently that they lead to interrupted sleep patterns.
Frequent falls of oxygen levels in the blood of a person suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can pose some serious health risks for the patient. Long-term sufferers of OSA are more vulnerable to serious cardiac conditions like heart failure, arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke and even diabetes. Adults may face an impediment in their work routines, marital disputes, and even a heightened risk of motor traffic accidents.
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How do I know if I have sleep apnoea?

If you are a habitual snorer, and experience unusual drowsiness and sleep episodes during the day, it might be a good idea to get yourself checked out for OSA. Most often, early symptoms of Sleep Apnoea are noticed by the partner rather than the patient himself. Other common signs to look out for are:
Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
Sudden waking in the night with a sense of choking
Gasping during the night
Dry mouth in the morning
Troubles with memory, concentration, and assimilating information
Frequent headaches
Frequent headaches
Night sweats
Children suffering from undiagnosed OSA may display poor academic performance, sluggishness during the day and sleep in abnormal positions with frequent bedwetting and night sweats.
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Can sleep apnoea be cured?

There are several treatment options available for OSA. For mild cases, doctors usually recommend some lifestyle changes like losing weight, kicking out smoking and alcohol habits, and sleeping on your side rather than on the back. Sleep Apnoea can be managed using Oral appliance therapy, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices and surgical correction. Before starting the treatment process, diagnosis is confirmed using sleep tests that monitor your heart rate, oxygen levels, breathing patterns and more during your sleep.

What is the treatment process of Sleep Apnoea?

There are many treatment methods available, these include oral appliances, CPAPs or Continuous Positive Oxygen Pressure Therapy and surgical correction.

In CPAP therapy, a machine continuously delivers positive pressure into your airway through a mouth or nasal mask. The air pressure helps to keep the air passages open while you sleep. Even though CPAP therapy is the most effective and reliable form of treatment for OSA, heavy equipment and additional masks required to make CPAP a cumbersome and uncomfortable process for patients. Patients need to learn how to hook on the CPAP masks every night, get a comfortable fit and control the amount of air pressure flowing through.

If all else fails, your last resort will be surgery in which excess tissue at the back of your throat with/without removal of tonsils, using laser and radiofrequency ablation might be carried out. Surgeries to reposition the jaw (mandible) forward may also be performed to relieve OSA. Some surgeries may install a stimulating unit for the hypoglossal (nerve that supplies the tongue) nerve to keep the tongue more active and prevent it from falling back during sleep.

Oral appliances, also called Mandibular Advancement Splints or Mandibular Repositioning Appliances help in the advancement of the lower jaw (mandible) and the tongue so that the airway is always open. Oral appliance therapy is an excellent option for individuals who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. A variety of Mandibular Advancement Splints are available for the management of OSA and can be fabricated by our orthodontists depending on the patient’s needs.

Not all general practitioner (GP) dentists are trained in Sleep Apnoea treatment and fabrication of Mandibular Advancement Splints. Your GP can provide a referral to an orthodontist with more experience and ask for an evaluation. After all diagnostic procedures have been completed and you have been cleared for an oral appliance, your orthodontist will first take an impression of both your upper and lower teeth. Using your measurements, he will construct an appliance for you and call you back for a try in. Any adjustments required will be done to the device to provide maximum comfort to you and your oral cavity. Then you will take the device home along with instructions of its usage and maintenance.

Your doctors may conduct a sleep test post insertion of your dental appliance to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. Finally, since the devices are worn in the mouth throughout the night, it is crucial that proper maintenance of oral hygiene is carried out with regular follow-up visits to your orthodontists.

Some complications that may occur with oral appliance therapy include:

  •     Dry mouth
  •     Excessive saliva
  •     Inflamed or irritated gums
  •     Gag reflex
  •     teeth tender on biting
  •     pain in the TMS joint area (in front of your ear)

More Questions about Sleep Apnoea?

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Yes, sleep apnoea is a lifelong condition. But with lifestyle modifications, oral appliances, CPAP therapy and sometimes surgery (as a last resort), it can be managed.

Yes, interrupted nocturnal sleep patterns and inadequate rest may lead to irritability, mood swings, anxiety and even depression in sleep apnoea because of the various social consequences.

Yes, you can qualify for disability status if you have sleep apnoea.

Yes, sleep apnoea can lead to pulmonary hypertension. The sudden nocturnal drop in blood oxygen levels causes microvascular changes in the blood vessels, which can raise the pulmonary arterial pressure if OSA is left untreated.

There is a strong interrelation between asthmatic patients and those with sleep apnoea. OSA is definitely more prevalent in individuals with asthma, but current literature is yet to confirm whether asthma is a direct cause of OSA.

Yes, since excess fat in the neck region contributes heavily to your sleep apnoea, losing weight can reduce your symptoms by a large degree. If, however, the root of your sleep apnoea is something else entirely, you will need to consider other treatment options.

Yes, a deviated septum or nasal cartilage can cause an obstruction in the flow of air through the air passages and present with breathing difficulties, snoring and sleep apnoea.

How much is Sleep Ampoea Treatment?

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