Snoring Sleep Apnea

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Do you or your partner snore? Your loud breathing during sleep could be indicative of a larger issue!

Many Australians pass of snoring as a simple habit that occurs whilst you are asleep, and while it is generally harmless it is possible something more sinister may be at play. Snoring occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax to a point where they hang low partially blocking the airway. When air tries to pass through the airway the muscles vibrate, creating the sound known as snoring.

How can my snoring be a symptom of a larger issue?

Sleep Apnoea can potentially be a deadly condition, where instead of partially blocking the airway while you sleep, the muscles completely block off the passage. This causes you to wake up so you can manually start the breathing process, and can occur hundreds of times a night! If you suffer from:

  • Snoring
  • Chronic headaches
  • Choking or gasping while asleep
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

You may be suffering from Sleep Apnoea. At MY SMILE DOCTORS we can conduct assessments to help diagnose your Sleep Apnoea to recommend the correct treatments to alleviate your symptoms and treat the issue at the source.

There are different types of sleep apnoea

Sleep Apnoea comes in several forms, and it is important to understand which may be affecting you. This can usually be determined with a sleep study which your GP or other qualified health practitioner may recommend. There are three different types of sleep apnoea:

1. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea:
This is the most common form of sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea causes most sufferers to snore loudly.

2. Central Sleep Apnoea:
Central sleep apnoea is a less common form of Sleep Apnoea, Central Sleep Apnoea affects the central nervous system people with this form of sleep apnoea seldom if ever snore.

3. Complex Sleep Apnoea:
Complex sleep apnoea is a form of sleep apnoea which is a combination of obstructive sleep apnoea and central sleep apnoea.

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