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How to Diagnose and Treat Sleep Apnoea

December 18, 2021
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Posted By: Casuarina Square Dental Care
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Is your sleep regularly interrupted by loud snoring? Or have others in your household commented on the noise at night? Sleep apnoea causes problems for our patients in Darwin and the Casuarina areas, but don’t worry! At Casuarina Square Dental Care, we diagnose and treat sleep apnoea to help our patients and others achieve healthy, safe sleep.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can be rather dangerous as the associated symptoms block the airway while sleeping. Patients suffering from OSA may choke, experience interrupted breathing or even gasp at night while sleeping. To help our patients sleep better at night, we first need an accurate diagnosis from an accredited sleep clinic that generally observes a patient’s sleep. Afterward, we can consult and discuss appropriate treatment methods.

Treating Sleep Apnoea in Darwin

Traditionally, a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine effectively treats sleep apnoea. A CPAP machine delivers a flow of oxygen during sleep via a facemask. CPAP machines work well, but some patients struggle to keep the facemask on while sleeping or may experience restricted movement due to the device. Luckily at Casuarina Square Dental Care, we give our patients other options to successfully treat OSA and help them sleep easier:

  • Continuous open airway therapy (COAT ) is an oral device custom-made for patients to treat their sleep apnoea. Instead of restricting movement or wearing a facemask, patients can insert the COAT device and sleep more freely.
  • 3D sleep advance is another custom-fitted oral device that repositions the lower jaw at the base of the tongue to stop the upper airway from collapsing during sleep and causing the dangerous, troublesome symptoms of OSA. 

Arrange a Consultation at Our Casuarina Practice

If you or a loved one suffers from sleep OSA, please don’t wait! We invite you to contact our practice for more information on sleep apnoea treatment and advice to start sleeping better!