Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

November 18th, 2014 by admin in Uncategorised Comments Off on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Noisy breathing at night is universal, however if your snoring interferes with your or your partner’s sleep, it may be time to seek help. Don’t worry – you are not alone. About 30% of women and 50% of men are frequent Obstructive Sleep Apnoeasnorers. Not only is it an annoying, but it might indicate a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Obstructive sleep apnoea is associated with shallow breathing or periods of no breathing in your sleep. This ranges from mild to severe. Other symptoms include excessive daytime drowsiness and difficulty with memory.

Treatment

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is one possible treatment option. This is the mainstay of treating this condition. A small mask is placed over nose, or the nose and mouth. A pump then generates positive airway pressure to keep the airway open. As a result, CPAP prevents snoring by stopping structures in the airway from vibrating. Unfortunately, treatment with CPAP usually fails because the patient cannot tolerate the CPAP mask.

Alternatively, a variety of surgical and non-surgical options are also available. The appropriate treatment option for you depends on many factors. This includes the severity of your condition, your fitness level, and your weight.

For more information, book an appointment with Professor Havas.