When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.
The individual with OSA is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. It is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body (sequelae).
Common signs of OSA include unexplained daytime sleepiness, restless sleep, and loud snoring (with periods of silence followed by gasps.) Less common symptoms are morning headaches, insomnia,
trouble concentrating, mood changes such as irritability, anxiety, and depression, forgetfulness, increased heart rate and/or blood pressure, decreased sex drive, unexplained weight gain, increased urination and/or nocturia, frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease, and heavy night sweats.
There are two basic types of appliances, non-adjustable and adjustable:
- Non-adjustable anti snoring devices: These are a series of one-size-fits-all mouthpieces which move your lower jaw forward by a fixed amount. Consequently, making the ideal forward position of the jaw depends upon the skill and estimation of the dentist.
- Adjustable anti-snoring devices: Fully adjustable anti-snoring devices are the most versatile of all the anti-snoring devices because they contain a jack screw assembly or some other orthodontic arrangement which allows the dentist to progressively increase the jaw protrusion over the course of several weeks.
If you or someone you know is suffering from apnoea symptoms, then please call our clinic on 1300 32 TEETH for a consultation. We will discuss with you the best options that are available.