Sleep Apnoea

Short of Breath While Sleeping?

Sleep Apnoea Casula

Loud snoring leaving you feeling exhausted during the day?


Find out what causes sleep apnoea, how to recognise the symptoms, and what you can do to help yourself or a loved one.

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep problem where breathing is repeatedly disturbed while sleeping.

If you loudly snore and don’t feel as energetic, mentally sharp, or productive during the day, you might have sleep apnoea.

Causes of Sleep Apnoea

The most common cause of OSA is related to the soft tissues of the mouth and throat, which becomes more relaxed when sleeping.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is most common among men.

Risk factors are as follows:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a large neck
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Allergies
  • Family history of sleep apnoea
  • Enlarged tonsils or tongue
  • Being over the age of 40

Obstructive sleep apnoea can also occur to children, usually has to do with issues like enlarged tonsils or sinus problems but may also be because of dental conditions such as having a large overlapping of the teeth and irregular bites.

There are also other forms of sleep apnoea, like central and complex sleep apnoea.

Central sleep apnoea (CSA) occurs when there is failure breathing due to the nervous system failing to control and induce breathing.

Risk factors for CSA include:

  • Old age
  • Heart disorders
  • Narcotic pain medication
  • Stroke

Complex sleep apnoea occurs when a person has OSA and CSA at the same time.


Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

Symptoms of sleep apnoea are as follows:

  • Long pauses in breathing while sleeping
  • Choking or gasping for air while sleeping
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up in the middle of your sleep to catch your breath
  • Being tired and sleepy during daytime

Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

If you have sleep apnoea, you can start treating it at home by making lifestyle changes and adjustments to your sleeping routine, which include the following:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting more exercise
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks right before sleeping
  • Do not take sleeping pills
  • Do not take medications without physician’s advice
  • Try sleeping on your side

Your Casula dentist can examine your mouth to make sure that your sleep apnoea is not associated with any dental problems. We may also recommend treatment options.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Casula

If you have or think you might have sleep apnoea, see your Casula dentist immediately.

Treatment can alleviate your symptoms and might help prevent more severe problems such as heart problems and other complications.

Visit your Casula dentist today!

If you want to know more about sleep apnoea treatments in Casula, please call us on (02) 9199 9695 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Shop 17A Casula Mall, 1 Ingham Drive in Casula.


What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a condition that causes a person to pause breathing while sleeping. These interruptions of oxygen supply cause a wide variety of symptoms and are linked to some more serious conditions.
My bed partner is a loud snorer. What should I do?
Chronic loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea. The louder and more chronic the snoring is, the greater the likelihood of having OSA.
Is sleep apnoea dangerous?
Yes. People with sleep apnoea experience oxygen deprivation while sleeping. Sleep is very ineffective and can leave them extremely tired during the day, which can lead to inconveniences while working or driving.

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