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Always Tired? Is Sleep Apnoea Preventing You From Falling Asleep? 

2 NOV 2021

Do you wake up feeling fatigued in the mornings? Do you suffer from frequent headaches, sore jaws, or difficulty focusing? Maybe you have high blood pressure or find that you get irritated more easily than you used to. You do your best to get a good night’s sleep, but it doesn’t seem to help any. In reality, you could have an undiagnosed sleeping disorder like obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

OSA is a type of sleep apnoea that’s caused by airway blockage in the back of your throat. Oftentimes, your soft tissues collapse in on one another, sealing off your airway or reducing oxygen flow. This lack of air intake can strain your cardiovascular system, increase inflammation, and prevent you from progressing through the proper sleep cycles throughout the night. Even though it feels like you’re sleeping, you’re not getting the deep rest that your brain and body need to rejuvenate themselves. So, the next morning, you wake up feeling like you already need to go straight back to bed.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea man sleeping in bed

Oral Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

  • Besides feeling tired, your mouth might be able to tell you if you have a sleeping disorder. People with OSA tend to be more likely to show signs of:

    • Flat, worn, or fractured teeth
    • TMJ pain
    • Prominent jaw muscles
    • Large neck circumference
    • Enlarged tonsils
    • Bite marks on your tongue and cheeks
    • Broken dental work

Better Sleep is Closer Than You Think

One of the things unique about obstructive sleep apnoea is that—since it can originate at your mouth—you can work with a sleep dentistry team to help treat it. Our trained sleep apnoea appliance providers can help fit you with a customised prosthesis that naturally opens your airway, enhancing oxygen flow when you sleep.

Oral sleep apnoea devices can sometimes bypass the need for a bulkier CPAP machine. But only for certain types of sleeping disorders, such as OSA. The key to getting effective results is to work with an experienced sleep dentistry team who has training in this medically specialised form of dentistry.

Why Choose Smile Concepts?

At Smile Concepts, our highly experienced dentists work closely with your physician or medical specialist to provide custom, effective oral appliances for sleep apnoea. Our advanced training in sleep health allows us to expedite this unique service, which isn’t available in medical clinics. Since oral devices must be fitted by a licensed dentist trained in sleep apnoea, only select providers throughout Sydney offer it in their practice. Dr Shah is also a trained medical doctor, making him an exceptionally helpful resource for our patients!

Each of our prescription sleep appliances is uniquely fitted and adjusted to maximise your airflow, based on your specific oral anatomy. These devices are medical-grade alternatives to CPAP therapy.

First Steps

If you suspect that you have sleep apnoea or show symptoms of a sleeping disorder, contact our office today. We can screen you for further symptoms and guide you in the take-home sleep study process for a firm diagnosis. Contact us today—we’ll be happy to assist you!

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Dr Manish Shah

Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.