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WHAT IS SLEEP APNOEA?
Sleep Apnoea is a serious medical condition, but it can also snowball into a wide range of other health problems, some of which can be fatal if the cause isn’t addressed in time.
Sleep Apnoea occurs when your breathing is interrupted during your sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnoea sufferers repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, which means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can have devastating effects on your day-to-day living and interrupt your performance in everyday activities such as your professional work, school work, driving, and so forth.
Sleep Apnoea also leads to a number of other serious health issues, such as:
It is commonly recommended by family doctors to undertake the home sleep test to diagnose the extent of the sleep breathing disorder, and then develop a treatment plan tailored to lifestyle and condition.
It’s important to get your sleep apnoea under control, and not just so your partner gets a good night’s rest. It’s important for your own health, so it doesn’t escalate into other health issues that will affect your quality of life.
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Dr. Snore has a wide range of snoring solutions to ensure you and your partner have a peaceful night sleep.
NightLase is the latest technology using laser therapy which is being used to treat sleep apnoea. It works by warming the tissue at the back of the throat, stimulating collagen tissue and causing it to contract and tighten. Generally, a course of treatments will entail 3-4 sessions over an 8-week period. Dr Mark Levi and world renowned Dr Harvey Shiffman (Florida, USA) get an average improvement of 75% or greater using the NightLase laser treatment. One maintenance treatment per year will be required to ensure the continued efficacy of the treatment.
MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) and other dental devices are tailor made by our expert Dentists to fit the patient’s mouth and are worn like a mouth guard during sleep. It works to bring the lower jaw and tongue forward and lift the soft palate, keeping the airway open during sleep. While the efficacy of these devices is somewhat lower than that of the CPAP, compliance is much higher due to the comfort and ease of wearing the device. This means that overall, a MAS can be a better treatment option than CPAP, due to higher patient compliance. The MAS is a great option for those who want the freedom in bed, or if on CPAP therapy, want an option for when travelling.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a type of therapy that applies mild air pressure through a mask that sits around the nose, to your airway to keep the airway open, so that you can breathe normally while you sleep.
CPAP has always been considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea, and the trick to the therapy is finding the most comfortable mask and right pressure for you. Our trained and experience Sleep Therapist at Dr. Levi’s are the leading experts in finding the right mask and pressure for your therapy.
If you are unable to get comfortable with CPAP Therapy, at Dr. Levi’s we have a wide range of other latest therapies available to treat your Sleep Breathing Disorder.
In extreme cases, patients are sometimes referred to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor for surgery. There are a variety of surgeries which can be performed to ease snoring or sleep apnoea, however they do involve a considerable amount of pain and recovery time for the patient. Furthermore, the results of surgery generally last only a few years.