Snoring results from the muscles at the back of our throat draping backwards due to gravity when we sleep. This coupled with the sagging of the tongue creates a narrower airspace in which a distinctive turbulent snoring sound is created when the air rushes past the tonsil in contact with the tongue. At times this is just a problem that will wake up the bed partner. But sometimes , consistent snoring couple with sudden gasps for air result in what is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
OSA occurs when the sagging tissues block the narrowed airway completely such that your body becomes starved of oxygen. The brain will then detect the drop in oxygen levels and initiate reflexes to wake the OSA sufferer multiples in the night.
Sometimes this is reported as desparates gasps for air by the bedside partner. Due to the lack of oxygen levels in sleep, the person wakes up with very low energy levels, feel unrested during the day to the point where they often fall asleep at the desk/watching TV or at work.
It has been proven that, OSA affects 1.2 million Australian and has strong links with another of other health issues including cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes.
Generally the treatment options for OSA and associated conditions include – CPAP machines, surgery and mandibular advancement splints (anti-snoring devices or snore guards).
Dr Daniel is a proud supporter of the Australian made invention O2ventus appliance. It is double arch appliance with airway channels that flow around teeth making very comfortable to use and sleep with.
Generally patients are screened and diagnosed by sleep scientist, respiratory physician in liaison with their GPs with comprehensive sleep studies. Dr Daniel is more than happy to act as the co-ordinator of care between these professionals to help you get better with your sleep quality and general well-being during the day.
If you have been diagnosed with OSA and would like to explore your options, contact our rooms today.