Sleep Apnea


 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Apnea is the Greek word for cessation of breathing. In 9 out of 10 times this is due to the collapse of the soft tissues surrounding the airway. Once the brain registers that it is not receiving any oxygen, the sleeper awakes and stirs allowing the throat to open again. These recurring episodes of sleep disturbance prevent the deep sleep that is necessary to wake up refreshed.

 

Why treat it?

Sleep apnea - Manly OrthodonticsDepriving the brain, heart and nervous system from oxygen several times throughout the night can have several health implications. Adults often wake up tired and struggle to stay awake during the day. Drivers with Sleep Apnea are eight times more likely to have a car accident and in severe cases it can contribute to cardiac arrest. In children the symptoms range from lethargy to hyperactivity, but irritability, poor performance at school and behavioral problems are consistently seen in these kids.

 

Why Us?

Dr. Anél Blignaut has a great understanding and knowledge of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and has worked alongside some of the most experienced professionals in Australia.

At Manly Orthodontics we screen all our patients for possible Obstructive Sleep Apnea as the type of treatment may vary in the presence of Sleep Apnea. Multiple specialists are required to properly treat sleep apnea and following a detailed consultation we will liaise with the most appropriate specialist to provide the best treatment for you.

 

Treatment Options

 

Children

A small, narrow jaw may be a potential cause of Sleep Apnea in children. If this is the case, the jaw can be manipulated in growing children by wearing plates that will change the tooth and bite position. This can often avoid more drastic measures later on in life

Adults

Mouth devices worn at night are often used to treat Sleep Apnea and snoring in adults. These devices hold the tongue and / or lower jaw in a forward position reducing the risk of the airway collapsing during sleep. A Sleep Physician and ENT specialist need to be involved in deciding which treatment is right for you.