WHAT IS SLEEP APNOEA?
When you go to sleep your muscles relax, including those in your throat. In some people the relaxing muscles cause the airways to narrow. If your throat closes completely, you stop breathing for a time. This is called an apnoea if it lasts for 10 seconds or more. These frequent arousals disrupt your sleep and so you can feel very sleepy during the day.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNOEA?
Patients may suffer from some of the following signs & symptoms:
- extremely loud heavy snoring
-observed episodes of stopping breathing or gasping for air at night
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- morning headaches
- anxiety or depression
-high blood pressure
WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR MY SLEEP APNOEA?
At the London Dental Sleep Clinic we fully assess all our snorers and screen all our patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). If we feel you are displaying signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea then we will refer you to have a further medical assessment. Where OSA is present, any anti-snoring device will only be provided as part of an integrated treatment plan.