Sleep apnoea treatment

Sleep apnoea can be serious if it's not diagnosed and treated.

What is sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a condition where;

  • your breathing is irregular and stops and starts while you sleep
  • you make gasping, snorting or choking noises while you sleep, these are different from snoring
  • you always feel very tired during the day

Sleep apnoea may also increase your risk of:

  • developing high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • having a stroke or heart attack
  • developing an irregular heartbeat
  • developing type 2 diabetes
  • being involved in a motor accident as it impacts your ability to drive
Sleep apnoea is a treatable, and there are a variety of treatment options that can reduce the symptoms. These include lifestyle changes, or wearing devices that keep your airways open.

Need to know

  • What treatment options are available for sleep apnoea? icon plus

    There are several treatment options that can reduce the symptoms of sleep apnoea. These include:

    • Lifestyle changes such as losing excess weight, cutting down on alcohol and sleeping on your side.
    • Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. These devices prevent your airway closing while you sleep by delivering a continuous supply of compressed air through a mask.
    • Wearing a mandibular advancement device (MAD). This gum shield-like device fits around your teeth, holding your jaw and tongue forward to increase the space at the back of your throat while you sleep.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    There are no special preparations you need to make prior to treatment.

  • After treatment icon plus

    While the symptoms of sleep apnoea can be eased, treatment will most likely need to be lifelong. If left untreated, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing problems such as poor performance at work and school, and placing a strain on your relationships with others.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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