Sleep Apnoea: Airway Issues That Can Hurt You

October 31, 2017 in Dental Tips

For some, snoring can be simply chalked up to exhaustion or even a deep, restful sleep. However, there’s nothing really pleasant about snoring, especially if it’s linked to sleep apnoea.

In fact, sleep apnoea is potentially serious.

What is sleep apnoea?

It’s important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea and not everyone who has it snores. Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder wherein your breathing is interrupted as you sleep. Left untreated, you may stop breathing numerous times as you sleep. This can be serious as your brain and body may not get the oxygen it needs.

Two Types of Sleep Apnoea

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) involves the collapse of the soft tissue at the back of your throat, which can block your airway
  • Central sleep apnoea involves the brain’s failure to signal your respiratory muscles to function and breathe

Left untreated, sleep apnoea is related to heart problems, stroke, diabetes, and headaches. It may also cause decreased quality of sleep which can affect your daytime activities and performance.

We Can Help

As Caloundra dentists, we’re in a great position to help detect sleep apnoea and be a part of the process of identifying its causes, especially if it’s related to dental conditions and airway issues. The dental chair is the perfect place for routine examination of your oral health as well as any sleep breathing problems that may stem from various dental condition. Some cases, it can be simply fixed with a mouth-guard like device you wear while you sleep. If not, we can make sure you see the right specialist to help solve your breathing related issues. 

Early detection of sleep apnoea as well as appropriate lifestyle changes can greatly contribute to your overall well-being. Schedule a consultation with us if you have snoring or sleep issues, and let’s see how we can help.

Gum Disease Management and Prevention in Children

October 3, 2017 in Dental Tips

Gum disease doesn’t just occur in adults. Children can have it too, although in a milder form called gingivitis. Gum disease is caused when the gums become swollen and even infected due to the build-up of food debris that turns into plaque and tartar.

You can see if your child has gum disease if the gums are red or swollen and he has persistent bad breath. Their gums may also bleed when brushing or flossing.

To prevent gum disease in your child, make sure that he brushes and flosses his teeth at least twice a day, every day. A visit to the dentist starting from his first year, when teeth has come in already is also advised. It is important to promote nutritious food and avoid sweet, sugary foods.

However, if your child already has gum disease, the best thing to do is to take him to your local dentist for professional dental cleaning. Establishing good oral hygiene is also a must.

For a more advanced case of gum disease, your dentist will also perform deep cleaning. 

To schedule your child with our local dentist, call Battery Hill Dentist in Caloundra today!

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