If you are having trouble sleeping, then you might have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People suffering from OSA may present with both problem snoring and reduced energy through the day. OSA is a serious medical condition; it can severely impact your health and your quality of life. Breath holding (apnea) and restricted breathing (hypopnea) events can occur hundreds of times through the night.
Each episode (apnea or hypopnea) starves the body of oxygen and increases carbon dioxide (waste product of breathing) in the blood. The buildup of carbon dioxide blood alerts the brain to rouse the body to start breathing again (hence the disturbed sleep pattern).
Untreated OSA is associated with a reduced quality of life and can be linked with serious medical conditions like obesity, heart disease and diabetes Snoring is a common problem in the general population; not all people who snore have OSA; most people with OSA will snore.
At the Dental Implant and Specialist Centre, our Medical Specialists are familiar with the symptoms of OSA as well as effective methods of treatment. To treat Gold Coast sleep apnea, an accurate diagnosis is paramount. We work with you to establish the extent of your symptoms. Once we have confirmed the extent of the problem, we then devise a personalised treatment plan.
Sleep Specialist Gold Coast
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that blocks or limits air flow through the airways (from the nose to the lungs). Airway obstructions can occur at different levels within your airway.
Most commonly, these obstructions occur at the base of the tongue or walls of the throat. Contact between these two structures blocks the airway (causing obstructed breathing – commonly with snoring). As brain oxygen levels reduce, you will find yourself being woken periodically through the night. Over a prolonged period, the cycle of sleep apnea can lead to heart problems, depression, strokes and can even be fatal in severe cases. The most common and easily identifiable symptoms include snoring, chronic tiredness, weight gain, poor concentration and memory loss. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, then you need to seek treatment. At the Dental Implant and Specialist Centre, our Medical Specialists have the knowledge and experience necessary to diagnose and treat sleep apnea effectively.