Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

We spend a third of our lives sleeping. It’s understandable, as it plays a vital role in dictating our overall health and wellbeing. The process of sleep is very complex in the way it restores and renews the body, as well as balancing out our central nervous system, hormonal system and immune systems. A lot of people also don’t realise, is that sleeps plays a crucial role in how we process experiences and consolidate memories. It is widely recommended that you get between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night. Newborns requires as much as 16-18 hours, primary school kids require 10-12 and teenagers 9 hours.

There are several phases of sleep throughout any night sleep. Including 2 lighter phases and a deep sleep, rapid eye movement (REM) phase where dreaming occurs. When an adult is feeling refreshed, it is likely that they have achieved 20% in the lighter phase and 20-25% in the REM sleep.

Sleep disordered breathing is a general term for breathing difficulties occurring during sleep and includes conditions such as snoring, obstructive or central or mixed sleep apnoea and upper airway resistance syndrome. As many as 80% of people with sleep disordered breathing do not know they have it.

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Adults and Sleep Apnoea

Sleep disordered signs and symptoms can come in many shapes and sizes: snoring, gasping for air or choking in sleep, teeth grinding, insomnia, restless sleep, night sweats, weight gain, restless legs, nocturia, daytime sleepiness, feeling tired in the morning, easily fatigued, daytime naps, irritability, poor memory and concentration, confusion, mood and personality changes (e.g. depression and anxiety), headaches, sexual dysfunction and much more…

Adults who do not take the step to treat disordered breathing may experience the following:

  • high blood pressure,
  • heart failure,
  • heart attack,
  • heart rhythm disturbances,
  • atherosclerotic heart disease,
  • high cholesterol,
  • difficulty losing weight,
  • stroke,
  • cognitive impairment (memory loss),
  • insulin resistance and diabetes,
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),
  • hormonal imbalances,
  • head and neck pain,
  • macular degeneration,
  • glaucoma, depression,
  • Alzheimer’s, sudden death
A very common problem that we come across is snoring. This can have negative impacts on relationships and effect the quality of life and health of both individuals.
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Sleep Apnoea in Children

Snoring and grinding of teeth is not normal behaviour in children. Often, children who do have signs of disordered breathing may do the following:

snoring, sleep talking, sleep walking, night terrors, restless sleep, teeth grinding causing worn down teeth (bruxism), reflux, swallowing problems, mouth breathing, dark circles under the eyes, chronic allergies, difficulties with concentration, behavioural problems (e.g. ADHD), bed wetting, daytime sleepiness, feeling tired in the morning, performing poorly at school, headaches, ear infections, hearing problems, crooked teeth and much more…

It is very important to treat sleep disordered breathing as it is important to promote normal development in children growth.

To understand this process more, we recommend watching the following video by the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry to give a full understanding of sleep apnoea in children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk5qsmRyVcE

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Treatment of Sleep Apnoea

In children, enlarged tonsils and adenoids are a common cause for sleep disordered breathing. It may be required that we refer you to an ENT if we believe that surgical removal of tonsils or adenoids is required.

If sleep disorders are persistent after the removal of adenoids and tonsils ENT surgery, we may conduct comprehensive sleep studies if we believe risk factors such as obesity, craniofacial anomalies or neuromuscular problems could become a further issue.

Here is a great video on how ENT surgery can improve the quality of a Childs sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UpoNXgilbI

For adults, continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) is how we generally treat patients who who signs of severe sleep apnoea. If the symptoms are mild, we may suggest oral appliances that optimise air through airways.

Dr Lin will use 3D cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) scans to find where the narrowest part of the airway is and if there is nasal obstruction will refer to a sleep ENT to correct it.

These treatments have reports of having significant impacts on the overall well being of patients sleep. However, additional forms of treatment may be required. Such as behavioural therapy, myofunctional therapy, weight loss, medications, sleep hygiene, nutrition and supplementation.

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