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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - What is it?

What Are the Consequences of Sleep Apnoea? – Infographic

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) affects approximately 4.7% of the Australian population, with twice as many men than women affected.

80% of cases are undiagnosed, but OSA’s affect on the body can be severe:

Causes and Risk Factors

 Excess weight/obesity

  • Enlarged tonsils/adenoids
  • A large overbite
  • Birth defects such as Down syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deviated septum
  • Lifestyle factors – including smoking, excessive alcohol, use of sedatives

What are the Consequences?

In the Brain & Heart

  • Increased stroke risk
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia & atrial fibrillation
  • Heart attack and death

In Daily Life (Due to Lack of Sleep)

  • Depression, anxiety & poor judgment
  • Impaired memory, efficiency & alertness
  • Morning headaches
  • Loss of motivation & slower reaction times
  • Up to 11.5 times the risk of a car crash!

In the Bedroom

  • Loud snoring
  • Frequent night urination
  • Sexual dysfunction & impotence

In other Medical Areas

  • Poor glucose control & Type II Diabetes
  • High BMI & obesity due to lack of sleep
  • Increased prevalence of reflux 

Contact McMahons Point Dental for the diagnosis, treatment & management of OSA. We may recommend lifestyle changes, a Mandibular Advancement Splint, or the use of a CPAP machine.