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Let's Put Long-Term Snoring and Sleep Apnoea to Bed!

Do you feel excessively sleepy during the daytime? Does your partner tell you that you snore loudly, and it disturbs their sleep? Do you or your partner often wake up feeling tired and unrefreshed? Do you have trouble concentrating during the day?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may have a sleep breathing disorder such as inspiratory flow limitation (IFL) or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Snoring occurs due to a partial limitation or complete obstruction of the airway during one’s sleep. Consistent and repetitive obstructions through out the night leads to repeat arousals to clear the airway and the subsequent limitation or prevention of good REM sleep.

Quality sleep in general and REM sleep are critical for brain and body health and regeneration. Lack of good quality sleep and REM sleep can have long term effects on your overall health and contribute to such conditions as excessive daytime fatigue, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, gastric reflux, ADHD, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and night-time teeth grinding (Bruxism).

The following videos offer a clear explanation of the link between chronic snoring, IFL and OSA and the long-term health effects of these conditions.

IFL

OSA

Not Sure if You or Your Partner Suffers From IFL or OSA?

Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Chronic, long-term snoring and restless sleep
  • Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
  • Chronic fatigue, anxiety or depression
  • Memory problems
  • Low libido
  • Weight gain
  • Gastric reflux
  • High blood pressure

Take Our Quiz

If you are unsure whether you or your partner suffers from possible IFL or OSA the following quiz will help you in deciding.

Why Sleep Self-Care Is Important

The advent of COVID-19 has prompted many people to re-evaluate how they care for their health, from exercise and diet to sleep. Good nightly sleep plays a vital role in your physical and mental wellbeing. When you’re well-rested, you’ll have more energy, enjoy a stronger immune system, improved heart health and reduce the risk and impact of other medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Heart Disease in both the short and long term.

How Hugh Fleming Dentistry Can Help You

Perhaps you’ve wanted to address your OSA or snoring for years but didn’t want to visit a sleep lab to have a sleep study done. Hugh Fleming Dentistry can not only offer access to Dr Kathryn Hanning, our in-house sleep and respiratory specialist, but also provide you with an easy-to-use home sleep test unit so you can perform an in-depth sleep study in the comfort of your own home.

Treatment Options to Suit You

Working with Dr Hanning, a treatment program will be developed based on the severity of your sleep breathing disorder and overall medical status. This program may entail the use of sleep body positioning devices, dietary and fitness recommendations, oral sleep (MAS) appliances and CPAP therapy.

Hugh Fleming Dentistry offers patients the OPTISLEEP custom-designed oral appliance, which in most cases can effectively treat snoring and IFL and OSA. This oral appliance reduces snoring and apnoeas by posturing the lower jaw and tongue forward and preventing it from impeding the airway.

Book in for a Consultation

If you or your partner are suffering from chronic snoring or sleep apnoea, contact us today as we are here to help people get the night’s sleep they need to be at their best to take on the day and enjoy life.
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