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Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a medical condition that occurs when one stops breathing for prolonged periods of time, or breathes insufficiently, during sleep. If left untreated sleep apnoea can lead to interrupted sleep, fatigue, lack of focus and in more extreme cases, depression and increased risk of heart disease.

Often overlooked, snoring can be more than an annoyance to your partner, as it can be an indicator of a much more serious health problem. With similar risks associated with having sleep apnoea, studies have indicated that snoring can thicken arteries that are responsible for taking blood to your brain, increasing your risk of vascular disease. 

Related Risk Factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Frequent night time awakenings
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Heartburn and GERD
  • Depression

Children Specific Symptoms:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Sleeping in odd positions
  • Periods of not breathing
  • Night terrors
  • Mood swings
  • Poor concentration
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Learning disabilities
  • Bedwetting
  • Headaches
  • Frequent infections
  • Teeth grinding
  • Snoring

If your child has any of the listed symptoms they could be one of the millions of children currently undiagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS)

Sleep Apnoea in Children

At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre Sydney we understand every parent’s priority is the overall health and wellness of their developing child. As a parent it is important to remember that obstructive sleep apnoea does not have an age boundary. 

Habitual snoring and sleep apnoea is known to be present in many cases of children, with a 70% overlap between snoring and sleep apnoea in children.

It is a common condition in childhood, frequently misdiagnosed as ADHD, and when left untreated can result in severe complications including:

  • Delayed development
  • Impaired intelligence
  • Dysfunctions of the nervous system
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggressiveness
  • Social Isolation
  • Decreased performance/ learning problems

If your child finds they have trouble sleeping, it is highly likely that sleep apnoea or snoring is behind it. The medical condition resulting from a poorly positioned jaw and/or tongue can lead to a blocked airway and may create a barrier in the healthy development of young children. To ensure that your child has the best start in life we recommend all children who snore undergo a sleep study for evaluation of apnoea.

Cause of Sleep Apnoea/ Snoring

Sleep apnoea is commonly caused by an obstruction in the throat. When we sleep the muscles naturally relax, but for those that suffer sleep apnoea the muscles relax too much or in the wrong way, causing soft tissue around the neck to block the airway. Furthermore, poor posture and a misaligned jaw can affect the throat muscles and force your jaw back, placing further pressure on your airways.

Treatment

By focusing on the cause and not the symptoms alone, the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre Sydney can design a treatment plan specifically aimed at treating sleep apnoea and snoring. This is done by improving the positioning of the jaw, head, and neck to reduce or remove any pressure on the airways

We offer our patients a range of services focusing on:

MRC Clinics
Hicaps
International Association for Orthodontics
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Australian Dental Association
Invisalign

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Dr. Louis Chan

Dr Louis Chan,
Principal Dentist & Owner of MyDental Care/ TMJ Sleep Therapy Centre Sydney

Qualifications:
Certified provider of Myobrace (MRC), Insignia™, Rapid Smiles, Invisalign and the only Australian practice licensed under TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International

“For over 25 years I've been focusing on delivering holistic treatments for children and adults to achieve healthy body development and a great facial balance.”

- Dr Louis Chan

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