Sleep apnoea is a medical condition in which the airway closes intermittently during sleep. The resultant loss of oxygen from these short breathing pauses mean the sufferer has a disturbed night’s rest and often complains of fatigue, lethargy, poor concentration and diminished energy levels as a result.
Persistent snoring is the main symptom of sleep apnoea and the condition must be correctly diagnosed by a doctor before treatment can begin. However, it is often a dentist who suspects sleep apnoea in a patient.
Dry mouth, jaw pain or morning headaches are all possible indicators of sleep apnoea as dry mouth often results from breathing through the mouth due to snoring. In suitable cases, a dentist can treat sleep apnoea with an oral device that keeps the air passage clear.
When snoring is persistent it could be symptomatic of sleep apnoea. Left untreated, the disorder can lead to a range of physical and mental problems including:
- Liver disease
- Heart problems
Although a dentist can sometimes spot the condition, a doctor should always be consulted if sleep apnoea is suspected. This can even be checked at home with a home sleep test device that monitors the wearer during sleep and returns the results within days.
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