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What is Sleep Apnoea?

An occasional bout of snoring is pretty normal, but snoring on a regular basis may be more problematic as you could have a condition called sleep apnoea.

The most common form of sleep apnoea is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a condition where you will stop breathing for several seconds before restarting, usually with a loud snort or gasp. This can occur many times throughout the night and you will not fully awaken but will be prevented from getting deep restful sleep. This can negatively impact your general health which is why it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea.

Potential Health Problems of Untreated Sleep Apnoea

The lack of sleep affects your performance during the daytime and can increase the risk of accidents when driving or operating machinery. The changes in blood oxygen levels place pressure on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart problems or stroke. The risk of Type II diabetes is higher, as is the risk of metabolic syndrome, a disorder that encompasses several different health problems. These problems include high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, a higher risk of heart disease and high blood sugar.

How We Can Help You

When you visit iSmile Dental Clinic, we can diagnose this problem. OSA is caused by the throat muscles relaxing and collapsing inwards during sleep, obstructing breathing. Quite often a small, comfortable oral device will help prevent this from happening by gently moving your lower jaw forward, holding your airway open during sleep. If we think more extensive treatment may be necessary, then we can refer you for a second opinion.

Don’t compromise your sleep anymore. Schedule your initial consultation today.

Call us on (02) 6925 5511 to make an appointment or visit us at the practice. We are located at 316 Edward Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650.

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Call Us: (02) 6925 5511