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
- Enlarged tonsils/adenoids
- A large overbite
- Birth defects such as Down syndrome
- 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.