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Sleep Apnoea

We Care About Your Health

  • Covers a whole range of conditions
  • Poor sleep can lead to poor health
  • You may not realise you have a problem

Sleep apnoea is a medical condition where Adults and Children can have difficulties whilst asleep.

This usually includes symptoms of tooth grinding at night, daytime sleepiness and waking up not feeling refreshed. There are also other related conditions called sleep disordered breathing.

This is a medical problem.

With Children this can lead to problems at school, bed wetting, difficulty concentrating during the day and also the risk their jaws may not grow correct potentially requiring surgery or braces later on.

In Adults it is linked strongly with obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, type-2 diabetes, depression, impotence, mood disorders, and motor vehicle and industrial accidents.

Here at North Fitzroy Dental we don’t just care about your teeth, we care about your health and will check this as part of your six monthly examinations. If we suspect you may suffer from a sleep disorder we can help you by arranging follow up tests, to see a sleep doctor or an ear, nose and throat surgeon as required.

If you want to know more about sleep apnoea, call us on (03) 9481 0479 or visit our practice at 131 St Georges Rd Fitzroy North VIC 3068.

If you have sleep apnea the following risks increase:

Obesity

77% of people who are obese (body mass index greater than 30) may have sleep apnea.

Depression

Sleep apnea doubles the risk of developing depression.

Motor vehicle accidents

People with sleep apnea are 7 times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident.

Job impairment

People with sleep apnea are 3 times more likely to suffer a work-related injury or fatalities.

Stroke (blood clots in the brain)

People with sleep apnea are 3 times more likely to suffer a stroke. Almost 70% of people who have had a stroke have sleep apnea.

Heart attack

People with sleep apnea may have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack.

High blood pressure

50% of people with high blood pressure also may have sleep apnea and sleep apnea is a common cause of high blood pressure.3 Patients on multiple medications to manage their blood pressure have an 83% chance of having sleep apnea.

Type 2 diabetes

58% Of patients with type 2 diabetes may have sleep apnea.

We don’t just care about your teeth, we care about your health.