Dental Problems

Sleep Apnoea

You may think it’s commonplace to snore and endure constantly disturbed sleep, but these signs could be an indication of a serious issue with knock-on effects on your overall well-being.

What is it?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs when your airway closes while you are asleep. Although this causes you to momentarily stop breathing multiple times in one night, it often goes unnoticed - except perhaps by a disgruntled partner wakened by your gasps or splutters!

There are key tell-tale symptoms we should look out for in order to diagnose and subsequently treat your condition:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping, choking, or spluttering during sleep
  • Headaches (especially in the morning)
  • Feeling fatigued throughout the day
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritable mood or short temper
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of concentration or poor memory
  • Frequent visits to the toilet during the day
  • Loss of libido
  • Impotence (in men)

Seniors with hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are more likely to develop sleep apnoea, and it is more common in men than women. Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed, and therefore untreated. When it is not treated, the body doesn’t get the restorative sleep it requires to thrive and people are consequently more likely to develop serious health concerns, such as cardiovascular events and strokes.

Thankfully, our holistic approach means that the condition can be greatly improved. If you snore, or exhibit the symptoms outlined above, we reccommend making an appointment so we can address the issues and begin a  course of treatment to get you sleeping and resting well again.

Where to find us
Based in Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland, Stewart Wright currently practices two days per week in Oban.