Sleep apnea dentists are getting in demand nowadays because of the rise of sufferers of this disorder. According to SNORE Australia, around 25% of men and 9% of women suffer from ‘clinically significant OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea)’. Many healthcare professionals attribute this numbers to the ‘obesity epidemic’ in the country. This slumber disorder takes place when a person’s throat and dental muscles loosen and block the upper airway whilst he/she is asleep. It is characterised by the following symptoms:
During the night
• Brief moments of snorting, gasping, or choking whilst asleep;
• Disturbed and restless shut-eye, which can lead to insomnia (inability to sleep)
More incidence of urination during the night
During waking hours:
• Dry mouth upon waking
• Morning headaches
• Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
• Lack of energy
• Poor memory and concentration
• Fast weight gain
Apart from these inconveniences, the disorder can also lead to serious medical issues such as:
Cardiovascular disease – OSA can contribute to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, cardiac rhythm disturbances and heart failure. It can even lead to night-time angina attacks that can be deadly.
Obesity – Patients with this health issue often suffer overfatigue during daytime and metabolic changes that lead to obesity. For a person with these conditions, losing excess weight is difficult.
Diabetes – OSA can also lead to insulin resistance to diabetes patients. Patients with this issue, even those without diabetes, have lowered glucose tolerance and increased glucose levels.
Problems in mental function – Extended unhealthy sleep patterns and lack of sleep can lead to anxiety, depression, poor memory and concentration, lack of motivation as well as changes in mood and behaviour.
Reduced sexual drive, especially in males – This disorder can lead to erectile dysfunction in males. Women also lose sexual drive because of OSA.
Consulting sleep apnea dentist on the Gold Coast can treat mild and even severe cases of OSA. They can prescribe you with dental devices that can prevent your tongue and other muscles in your mouth from collapsing whilst you are sleeping.