Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterised by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.
An individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognised as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body. Symptoms may be present for years without identification, during which time the patient may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.
What Can I Do?
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) are usually recommended for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea.
This device works by moving your jaw into a forward position while you sleep. This position will expand your airway, helping you breathe better.
If you choose to go ahead, your dentist will take models of your teeth and send them to a lab so a customised device can be made to aid your sleep.
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