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    July 21, 2011

    Do you suffer from Sleep Aponea


    Sleep Aponea

    Sleep  Aponea (want of breathe) is an alarmingly common condition which is often undiagnosed. 24% of Australian men suffer from Sleep Aponea and 9% of women. It can also affect children and has some connection with ADHD. Sleep Aponea is defined when, during sleep the patient stops breathing for more than 10 seconds at a time. The severity of the condition depends on how often these attacks occur in the night.

    It most commonly diagnosed by sleeping partners but if you are sleeping alone how do you know?

    We use the Epworth sleepiness scale

    Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:

    0 = would never doze or sleep.
    1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
    2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
    3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping

    Print out this test, fill in your answers and see where you stand.


    Chance of Dozing or Sleeping

    Sitting and reading


    Watching TV


    Sitting inactive in a public place


    Being a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more


    Lying down in the afternoon


    Sitting and talking to someone


    Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol)


    Stopped for a few minutes in traffic
    while driving


    Total score (add the scores up)
    (This is your Epworth score)



    If you score 10 plus then you need to have sleep study to determine the severity and cause. Please seek advice from your dentist or GP. There are a number of places where a sleep study can be carried out. There are also now facilities for the sleep study to be carried out in your own home.

    Sleep Aponea is strongly linked with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure and obesity. Sleep Aponea sufferers are always snorers but not all snorers have sleep aponea. It is often made worse by alcohol and cigarettes. Reducing your weight by 10% can reduce the frequency of episodes.


    The consequences of sleep aponea are

    ·      car accidents

    ·      poor judgement

    ·      mood swings

    ·      increased risk of medical problems

    The most common treatment modality is the CPAP(constant positive airway pressure) device which can revolutionise the  life of the sufferer of sleep aponea.

    Please feel free to contact me Dr Caroline Downing  at advice@dentalcareproducts or at my rooms Mdtdental in Neutral Bay 99083466

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