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Shell-Shocked Sleep Apnoea Sufferers Should Visit Our Specialist

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

863081_blogSleep apnoea is potentially very serious and it requires diligent management. If you suffer from sleep apnoea or you snore on a regular basis, we may be able to help. Sleep is so important, not just to ensure you feel alert and alive during the day, but also to keep you fighting fit, and with our help, you could soon be enjoying a much better night’s sleep.

What is sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which occurs when the body is not getting enough oxygen; it disrupts breathing and it can be very serious. Most commonly, cases of sleep apnoea are diagnosed in people who are overweight or obese; this disorder is also more common in men than women.

Sleep apnoea is not the same as snoring, but if you snore regularly, this can be a sign that your body is struggling for oxygen and it may be symptomatic of sleep apnoea.

How we can help

In minor cases of sleep apnoea, it may be possible to ease symptoms without formal treatment; this is usually true in cases where the individual is very overweight. Losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle can have a very positive impact on breathing and circulation.

In severe cases, breathing apparatus may be required to improve breathing while you sleep.

In moderate cases, we may be able to help by providing a custom-made appliance to move the jaw forward; this helps to improve air flow and prevent problems with breathing. The appliance is designed to fit perfectly for optimum comfort and it will enable you to sleep soundly night after night. We can also provide the same appliances for patients who snore on a regular basis.

Suffer From The Bad Night Blues? We Offer Apnoea Support

Monday, September 8th, 2014

1850411_blogNothing makes you feel better than a really good night’s sleep, but sadly, a large proportion of people struggle to get a quality night’s sleep on a regular basis. Sometimes, sleep disorders are to blame and in some cases, we may be able to help.

We can provide support and advice for patients who suffer from sleep apnoea and snoring to help you and the people around you enjoy peaceful nights.

What is the sleep apnoea blues?

Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which affects your breathing; in severe cases, it can be extremely dangerous and may even be life-threatening. It is very important that sleep apnoea is managed diligently and patients receive the appropriate care.

With sleep apnoea, breathing is disrupted by a blockage in the airway and this means that the individual can struggle to breathe properly.

For patients with sleep apnoea, we work with local doctors to provide advice and support.

Treatment for sleep apnoea

There are various treatments available for sleep apnoea and often, treatment depends on the severity of the case. In minor cases, making lifestyle changes can have a very positive impact and we are able to offer advice about diet and nutrition and giving up smoking. Other changes may also include cutting down on alcohol consumption and increasing the amount of exercise you do.

In severe cases, it may be necessary to wear a mask to help you breathe during the night; this helps to prevent blockages in the airway.

City Leeds Sleeping Disorders Need Professional Guidance

Friday, August 8th, 2014

748875_blogThousands of people all over the UK suffer from sleepless nights and here at City Dental Leeds, we are determined to do something about this and enable our clients to enjoy a restful night’s sleep every night. Sleeping disorders require careful management and we are on hand to help you snooze peacefully!

Types of sleeping disorder

There are many different types of sleep disorder, which affect your ability to get to sleep, stay asleep or breathe during sleep. Sleep is so important because it affects your concentration, your mood, your energy levels and your physical health and a lack of quality sleep can have very severe implications, not just for your health, but also your relationships, your performance at work and your general wellbeing.

Common types of sleep disorder include snoring and insomnia, while less common examples include sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy.

Battling snoring

Snoring is an extremely common problem and often, it affects the people who sleep around you. If you snore on a regular basis and you’re fed up of people moaning that they can’t sleep or they’ve been woken up, we are here to help. We can provide lifestyle advice, as well as devices to ensure that the airway is open while you sleep and we can also help to deal with issues related to teeth grinding.

Many of the risk factors for snoring may also contribute to insomnia and we can help you to overcome these issues and make simple changes to your lifestyle to help you sleep.

If you have sleep problems, don’t suffer in silence; call us to arrange a consultation and we will do our best to determine the cause and find suitable and effective solutions.

Hush-a-bye baby! Why you should be awake to the threat of Sleep Apnea in Central Leeds

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

4443553_blogIt is hard to think that simply by going to sleep at night in central Leeds could be possibly terminal for you in the end, but sleep apnea will get to you at some point if you have problems with your breathing. Snoring, obesity, or heavy medication interferes with your breathing and this may start to disturb your natural rhythm in the night. What happens when you sleep is pure mechanics; your mouth and nose takes in air and then goes to your lungs, pumps oxygen into the blood stream, through the heart and then into the brain that can then ensure your engine runs through the hours of darkness. Block off the air flow though and it puts extra pressure on all these organs; the brain has trouble deciphering the signals, the lungs are asking “where’s the air” and the heart is doing overtime to keep you going. Sleep apnea can stop you breathing for a good 30 seconds and if you don’t do something about it, well you will die in the end from it.

Sleep Apnea and your teeth in Central Leeds

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Sleep apnea is one of those conditions, like snoring and teeth grinding that you may be blissfully unaware of, until you happen to share a room with another person. It is a condition that refers to the irregularity of the way you breathe- more commonly recognised as the pauses between breathing or it can be abnormally slow breathing, whilst sleeping. When you ‘drop off’ at night, you’re body goes into automatic. Your brain signals the lungs to draw air, so that the heart can continue to pump blood around the body. Stop the flow of air and all three hit the panic button, as they all rely on each other to function. You really, needn’t be told how serious an irregular heartbeat can be, especially when you are unconscious, because you can’t do anything about. If you are showing signs of extreme tiredness and fatigue when you wake and that persists throughout the day, you may be a victim of sleep apnea. Firstly, you may be referred to a sleep clinic to assess the problem, after which it can be treated- though there are a lot of methods to address the problem. Lifestyle and diet change are the more common suggestions after you have put yourself through a life management program. Exercise is also recommended, to understand the way you breathe. A dentist can also recommend a breathing device along with certain medications to keep the airways free at night. More radically, the problem may require surgery.

City of Leeds dentist breaks link between sleep apnea and heart disease

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects thousands of people as they sleep. It cause interruptions during breathing that leads to noises being emitted, similar to those of snoring but it is not the same condition as snoring.

The interruptions in breathing can last for a few seconds or even minutes, which puts a lot of stress on the patients heart. Although, breathing will start again after a matter of time. Because the condition affects sleep, many sufferers are unaware that they have the disease. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that disrupts three nights sleep a week on average. This often means the patient is tired for large parts of the week due to poor sleep, and they are often unaware of the causes.

The condition is very hard to test for which makes it so difficult to diagnose. This means that many people live with sleep apnea for many years having a huge impact on their lives. It occurs when the soft palate at the back of the throat collapses during sleep, temporarily blocking the airwaves and preventing breathing. This is called obstructive sleep apnea but there is another variety called central sleep apnea when the brain forgets to send a message to the lungs to breath. Both conditions can be very bad for your health and have links to stress and underperformance, especially in children. More worryingly however, is the links to heart disease and heart failure. There have been many cases of sudden death due to sleep apnea as the interruption to breathing outs tremendous strain on the heart.

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, make an appointment to see a City of Leeds dentist who may be able to assist you with treatment, often involving a fitted appliance to be worn when sleeping.

Oral device form Central Leeds dentist prevents sleep apnea

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes a person to actually stop breathing during sleep. The interruptions to breathing can happen up to several hundred times a night. Incredibly, people who suffer from sleep apnea very rarely know that they have the condition, with as many as 90 per cent being completely unaware. It is only when they have been told by a partner of family member that they become aware of the condition.

Sleep apnea is sometimes confused with, or passed of as, snoring but this is not the case. Snoring is the noise caused by breathing during sleep where as sleep apnea is the actual cessation of breathing that causes a patient to emit choking noises.

There are two main types of sleep apnea, the most common of which is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, also known as OSA. This occurs when airways are blocked by collapsing soft tissue at the back of the throat, during sleep. The other type of sleep apnea is far less common. It occurs not as the result of physiological condition like OSA, but occurs when the brain stops sending signals to the muscles to breathe due to a malfunction in the respiratory control centre.

Sleep apnea can affect any patient of any age but there are a number of factors that increase risk. Being male and overweight increases a patient’s risk of suffering from the condition. As does being over the age of forty. Having large tonsils and a genetic disposition to the condition can all be contributory factors.

While sleep apnea itself is not considered to dangerous it can be the underlying cause behind a number of other medical concerns. Hypertension, strokes and even heart failure can all be caused in some part by sleep apnea, but only in tandem with other pre-existing circumstances. Recent research has also shown that children with sleep apnea frequently under perform at school and in general activities.

Dentists play an important part in the treatment of sleep apnea. Patients respond differently to different treatments but the most successful treatments are dental appliances such as lower jaw adjusters and other oral devices. It is important to correctly diagnose sleep apnea, so if you think you may be suffering from the condition consult a Central Leeds dentist and ask about treatment.