Useful Information

BuZzzz words Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder , potentially life-threatening, that occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep. 60% of men and 40% of women over 40 have sleep apnea. People who have this will

  • Repeatedly stop breathing
  • Snore
  • Have daytime tiredness which leads to increase in motor accidents. Cripes.

Sleep apnea has high associations with :

  • High blood pressure 
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

There are 2 types.

  1. Obstructive Sleep apnea.

This is the more common of the 2 and is caused by blockage of the airway, by the collapse of the soft tissues of the mouth and throat. 

  1. Central Sleep Apnea.

The brain fails to signal for muscles to breathe.

Symptoms. Do you have any?

  • Choking or gasping
  • Repeatedly awaking from sleep
  • Feel tired during the day
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth

Who is at risk?


Anyone thats the scary thing!  Those most at risk are: 

Overweight male over 40 years old

Large neck circumference 

Large tongue or tonsils

Small jaws

Family history of sleep apnea

Reflux

Blocked nose ( deviated septum, allergies, or sinus) 

What does it mean for my teeth?



As you snore , the teeth grind against each other with a ridicously, heavy force. The cheek muscles the masseters are one of the strongest muscles in the body and transfer the force to teeth. Long term, this means 

  • Sore jaws and muslces
  • Cracked , chipped teeth
  • Future root canal treatments and crowns! Maybe a lost tooth 

Have you ever woke yourself up by snoring? Did anyone ever say you snore?

Get assessed!


Suzanne is the first port of call to assess your risks of sleep apnea. She works closely with an Ear Nose Throat specialist and will ref to them if she suspects sleep apnea. A sleep test maybe advisable. This is not scary at all, no wires or monitors and it is done in your own bed. After the test Suzanne will liase with ENT and treatment treatment. It may involve

  • Surgery
  • Cpap machine
  • Night time splint
  • Combination of above
  • None of above

Patients who have been assessed by Suzanne  and had treatment for sleep apnea have claimed now they are different people and they didn’t know what it felt like to have a good night’s sleep until now.

A quick assessment could save , yes your teeth but also your life! 

Big huh? 


Subscribe to our newsletter

Close

Thanks For Subscribing!

Keep an eye on your inbox for the next BFD newsletter

Close

Thanks For Contacting us!

We will be in touch with you shortly.

Close