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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Dublin

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a possibly severe disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is disturbed while sleeping. If the body does not get enough oxygen while asleep, people with sleep apnea can stop breathing repeatedly.

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Types of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This is the most common type of sleep apnea and is also known as OSA. This happens when soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks the airway during sleep.

Central Sleep Apnea

Unlike OSA, there is no blockage of the airway. Instead, the brain center fails to signal muscles to breathe. It is caused mainly by the instability of breathing control center.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be caused by several factors such as:

  • Muscular Changes – muscles relax when we are asleep and usually does not affect inhaling and exhaling; however, with sleep apnea, these muscles hinder air from coming in and out of the airway.
  • Physical Conditions – thickened tissues and excessive stored fats can block the airway during sleep.
  • Brain Function – the neurological control for breathing is faulty which causes failure to breathe properly. It is usually linked to medical conditions like heart disease.

Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

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There are several risk factors that can promote the development of sleep apnea such as:

  • Sleeping flat on back
  • Obesity – increased fat deposits in the neck can block the airway
  • Chronic Sinusitis or infection of air space
  • PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – women with PCOS are prone to obesity
  • Menopause
  • Large tonsils – it can narrow airway
  • Smoking
  • Genetics or family history of sleep apnea

Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Signs & Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of Sleep apnea are listed below, if you are worred that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, please get in touch with us today:

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes of breathing interruptions as witnessed by another person
  • Waking up accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat when you wake up
  • Insomnia or difficulty to sleep
  • Awakening with a severe headache
  • Hypersomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Heartburn

If Sleep Apnea is left untreated

What if nothing is done?

Snoring is often ignored by several people. If snoring is caused by sleep apnea, it is important that you consult a doctor for treatment options. If nothing has been done to treat sleep apnea, several complications may arise such as:

  • Heart problems: There is a higher risk of developing high blood pressure since the oxygen levels drop during sleep apnea which can strain the cardiovascular system. OSA increases the risk of stroke and recurrent heart attack.
  • People with sleep apnea have a higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • People with sleep apnea tend to develop a nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Treating Sleep Apnea

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, we recommend that you quit smoking and try to lose weight if you are obese. Also, there are certain devices which you can use to keep the airway open while you sleep.

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is a machine that delivers uninterrupted air pressure through a mask placed over your nose while you sleep. It provides a greater amount of air than that of surrounding air to prevent the closing of the airway. Although some people are uncomfortable sleeping with a CPAP.
  • Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure or EPAP is a small, single-use device placed in each nostril to keep the airway open.
  • Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea may be worn to keep the airway open. There are several dental appliances, and the dentist will determine which type will be appropriate for you.
  • Surgery might be needed for severe type of sleep apnea. Removing tissues at the back of your throat (tonsils, adenoids, excess fats) may be the last treatment option to prevent blocking of the airway.
  • Jaw repositioning, also known as maxillomandibular advancement, is done by moving the jaws forward to enlarge the space behind the tongue and soft palate. This is a more extensive treatment option if all the other options don’t work.

Home Remedies for Sleep Apnea

lifestyle changes

There are some changes you can make to your lifestyle which may help you deal with sleep apnea.  Its advisable that you come in to see our specialist here in Dublin so we can fully assess your health issues, and make a proper diagnoses of your problems.

  • Lose excess weight. In some cases, sleep apnea is reversed as you return to your healthy weight. Losing excess weight can relieve constriction of your throat.
  • Avoid alcohol and certain medications (such as contraceptive pills, sleeping pills) that can cause your throat muscles to relax which can interfere with breathing.
  • Sleep on your side of abdomen instead of sleeping flat with your back. When you sleep flat, your tongue and soft palate rest at the back of your throat which blocks the airway.
  • Stop smoking. It can just worsen sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is two to three times more common in men; and it is more common in middle-aged men than in younger men.

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• Sleep apnea is very common. Approximately 9% of females and 24% of males experience sleep apnea.

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    Whether you are new to Dublin, just moved to the Dublin 6 area, or have lived here all you life, you are welcome as a new patient at Milltown Dental Clinic.  Sleep is very important to our daily lives, and sleep apnea can have a major effect on this.  Come into us for a free consultation and we can fully assess your situation and help you on the road to recovery.