Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
How your health and lifestyle can be affected by snoring.
If you have been told you snore, that you stop breathing during the night (apnoea), you feel tired or drowsy during the day, or you have arterial hypertension, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea.
Sleep apnoea affects one in every four adults and its health consequences may be very serious. Every time we stop breathing, known as apnoea, our bodies are starved of oxygen. Our body instructs our brain to partially awaken by releasing adrenalin. Most OSA victims have no memory of this all-night-life-and-death struggle for oxygen. However, OSA robs sufferers from a restful sleep leaving them tired, sleepy and exhausted during the day – as well as contributing to other medical problems including high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.
Investigating your behaviour as you sleep
Here at Lonsdale Dental Practice we can carry out a sleep study to determine the severity of OSA. The study records;
- Oxygen levels in your blood
- Pulse rate
- Breathing effort
- Air flow
- Body position
- Movement during night
The sleep study is recorded using a small, lightweight and easy to wear device that is dispatched to your home for you to apply overnight. The data from the recorder is analysed and an appliance is fitted to alleviate the symptoms. Further tests are carried out to confirm the benefits to the patient.
To read more on OSA visit the Bio Technology Institute website or contact our practice today to arrange an appointment with our Principal dentist about this revolutionary OSA treatment.