Sleep Medicine

Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Are you a snorer? Are you constantly tired? Do you wake up every morning feeling “wrecked” & never feel refreshed after a night’s sleep? Snoring isn’t a laughing matter. It is now recognised as a sign of a serious medical issue. If you snore you most likely suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This means your body is starved of air (oxygen) during the night. As a result the quality of your sleep is very poor. The snoring also impacts on the sleep quality of your partner or even the entire household.

If you suffer from untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea you are 23 times more likely to have a heart attack than someone without sleep apnea. The risk is almost the same as someone who is obese, has high blood pressure and who smokes all the time! Lancet Medical Journal 1990

2013 Research 49% of men suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is also very common in women.

Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Bruxism(grinding teeth while you sleep)
  • Tired during the day
  • Have to take a nap during the day / dozing and day dreaming
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Mood Changes, Depression, Irritability
  • Have to get up to use the toilet during the night
  • Suffer from Headaches in the morning

Dr Patrick O’Beirne has trained in the subject of “Sleep Dentistry” and is now a provider of SomnoMed Continuous Open Airway Therapy. See SomnoMed.com for more details.

Can’t tolerate CPAP? A SomnoMed Appliance may be the answer.
Contact Ballinrobe Dental today and ask for an appointment to see Dr. Patrick.

Click here to download the Epworth Sleepiness Scale leaflet.

Click here to download the STOP-BANG Sleep Apnea Questionnaire

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