What Is Sleep Apnoea?
Are you having trouble sleeping at night or waking up feeling you have not gotten uninterrupted, quality sleep? You might have sleep aponea, a sleep-depriving condition that arises when air is prevented from reaching the lungs, and something that can happen dozens or even hundreds of times at night.
There are two forms of sleep apnoea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), the more common form in which air passage to the lungs is blocked by a physical object, usually when soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses when one is sleeping;
- Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA), the form in which air flow is restricted because the brain fails to “instruct” critical muscles to breathe as a result of unsteadiness in the body’s respiratory control center (in other words, a lack of respiratory effort).
As one can be imagine, sleep apnoea is a serious condition, and its effects can be quite pronounced, especially on sleep quality and one’s alertness and performance ability during the day.
According to the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association, there are an estimated 15 million snorers in the UK, among whom an estimated 600,000 people suffer from sleep apnoea. Effects that individuals with sleep aponea report experiencing include:
- Tiredness or exhaustion during the daytime
- Decreased awareness of things going on around them
- Uncharacteristic irritability or grouchiness
- Decreased performance ability at work, home, and even in interactions with others
- Anxiety or Depression
- Changes in mood and behavior
- Accelerated blood pressure
- Increased possibility of having a stroke
- Heart failure or decreased heart performance
- Further aggravation of ADHD
It is thus critical to get sleep apnoea treated in order to reacquire a standard quality of life and all that comes with that. Already our experienced staff at Brighton Implant Clinic are helping patients overcome this condition—and restoring them to their former selves and states of healthiness and happiness.
To reduce sleep apnoea, Brighton Implant Clinic offers Orthoapnea ®, a dental prosthesis which incorporates intra-oral splints that adjust the positioning of the lower jaw, tongue, and other structures to enable unrestricted airflow passage. These splints are designed so that adjustment takes place and the patient is not prevented from being able to do everyday activities such as eat, talk, or movement of his or her lower jaw. Additionally, Orthoapnea ® has been established as the most effective and yet comfortable treatment for sleep apnoea in the dental industry today.
Orthoapnea ® also offers multiple other advantages: 1) the unit size of the device is very small compared to other devices for sleep aponea treatment, 2) it is a solution to problems other than sleep aponea (helps reduce excessive snoring, for one), 3) it is quite comfortable to wear compared to other dental equipment, and 4) it incorporates jaw plates that make for easy tooth whitening treatment, among other advantages.
Contact Brighton Implant Clinic today for a free initial consultation and get on the road to waking up with a smile on your face, feeling rejuvenated the next day, and reacquiring a high quality of life.