Beacon Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic, Sandyford, Dublin, D18 E7P4 l Tel: +353 1 531 0088

Snoring & Gasping at night? Learn more about Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes the airways to collapse or become blocked while you’re asleep. It can cause you to stop breathing for 20 to 30 seconds at a time, numerous times throughout the night.

Untreated apnea can increase the risk of a number of diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some headache syndromes. Yet many people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it.

Could you be one of them? 

Are you a noisy sleeper?

Snoring, snorting or gasping? Does this sound like you? Noisy sleep is a warning sign that your upper airway might be obstructed. Not all snorers have sleep apnea, but the two often go hand-in-hand. As snoring gets louder, the chances of having sleep apnea are greater. 

If you have apnea, your bed partner might notice that the snores are punctuated by pauses in breathing. Those are apnea episodes, and they can recur hundreds of times a night.

Are you restless in your sleep?

People with apnea often toss and turn and otherwise show signs of restless nighttime sleep. If you find yourself kicking, thrashing, jerking or waking up under a twisted pile of disheveled sheets, apnea might be a possible cause. When you’re struggling to breathe at night, your sleep becomes disrupted.

Are you always tired?

If you’re getting a full night of sleep but still feel tired all day, sleep apnea might be affecting the quality of your sleep. You might nod off when reading or in front of the TV. Alarmingly even when driving. You might be more irritable, less productive and make more mistakes at work. You might even find yourself catching more colds, since poor quality sleep can interfere with the immune system. There are all kinds of spillovers from bad quality sleep into daytime activities.

Do you fit the Sleep Apnea Profile?

Some people are at greater risk of obstructive sleep apnea. Men are more likely to have apnea than women, though the risk for women increases after menopause. And being overweight or obese increases apnea risk markedly.

Can snoring / Sleep Apnea be cured?

Every heavy snorer does not need treatment however any snorer is a potential obstructive sleep apnea patient. So, if you have loud snoring which disrupts your sleep, causing excessive daytime sleepiness/tiredness, weight gain and inability to engage properly in exercise, uncontrolled hypertension, and frequent arousals at night, you need to see a sleep specialist.

People often do not know where to start. The first step is to get in touch info@beacondentalsleep.ie or call 01 213 5644 to discuss your specific concerns and let us help you solve the problem and regain control of your night-time sleep.

Dental Sleep Medicine is an area of clinical expertise that focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders, including snoring, noisy disturbed sleep, sleep apnea, CPAP intolerance a, nd sleep bruxism (teeth grinding), with the design and fitting of customised ooral/dentalappliances.

 Click here to download the Beacon Dental Sleep Patient Brochure

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. The device fits similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and prevents the airway from collapsing by either supporting the tongue or jaw in a forward position, thereby opening the airway.

With a custom-fitted oral appliance, we can help minimise or eliminate the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing. Sleep apnoea (in mild to moderate cases) including loud snoring, gasping and unpleasant noises.

The device can also act as an alternative treatment for patients (on medical advice only) who have been prescribed CPAP by their medical consultant, finding it difficult to adhere to this therapy for the management of their sleep apnoea condition.

The Beacon Dental Clinic provide the following additional services

  • Referral from consultant led medical diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing, noisy loud snoring and suspected sleep apnoea.
  • CBT referral or medical advice for sleep disorder management.
  • Dietician and weight management referral if indicated.
  • Dental health care education.
  • Dental Hygienist service and dental health care education
  • Advanced restorative prosthodontic care
  • Routine in-office dental healthcare

 

Beacon Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic is based in the Beacon Dental Clinic, Beacon Consultants Clinic, Dublin, D18 E7P4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 531 0088 | Fax: +353 1 213 5645 | Email: info@beacondentalsleep.ie

 

 

 

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