Breathing and sleep disorders (overview)

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea disrupt sleep patterns, with a negative impact  on your health and ability to engage with life. Children are also increasingly affected, and as a result their behaviour and learning can be seriously affected. At Lotus Dental we take an integrative approach to diagnosis and treatment of sleep and breathing disorders.

Snoring

Snoring

Snoring is often viewed as a nuisance but many people don’t know that it is actually harmful to health, for both the snorer and bed partner. Reduced oxygen and broken sleep patterns increase the risk of a serious conditions, and it’s also a leading cause of relationships break down. The good news it that is easily treatable with some life style changes and a simple dental appliance worn at night.

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Sleep apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Waking up choking or gasping, combined with snoring, may be an indicator of sleep apnoea and can be alarming for you or your bed partner. This can be a life-threatening condition and affects all areas of life. It’s important to seek professional help, which would include a sleep study.

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Mouth breathing

Mouth breathing

The natural way for humans at rest to breathe is through the nose, not the mouth. Because of the way the nasal passages work, mouth breathing actually reduces the oxygen supply in the body and results in a wide range of issues. It also affects sleep, with a impact on mental capacity, and causes behavioural problems that are similar to ADHD and as may be misdiagnosed.

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Child snoring

Children and breathing/sleep disorders

Snoring and sleep apnoea are increasing as major issues for children. Mouth breathing is a common cause, which results from a range of issues including chronic nasal congestion, allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, excessive thumb or finger sucking. Treatment includes breathing retraining to reposition the tongue and engage nose breathing.

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Mandibular Advancement Splint

Diagnosis and treatment

It’s vital to be properly diagnosed, as the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnoea can look similar. We are holistic dentists and work integratively with other professionals, including sleep specialists, a breathing therapist, ear nose and throat experts, allergy and nutrition specialists. Custom-fitted dental appliances and/or orthodontics to expand the jaw are often part  of the solution.

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