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Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are common sleep disorders that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life and overall health.

Snoring is often a symptom of OSA, a condition characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep due to upper airway obstruction. These pauses in breathing can lead to fragmented sleep, daytime fatigue, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other health complications. Additionally, untreated OSA can contribute to irritability, mood disturbances, and impaired cognitive function, affecting both the individual’s well-being and their interpersonal relationships.

Surgery may be considered as a treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea when conservative measures such as lifestyle modifications, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or oral appliances have not provided adequate relief. At Metro ENT, we offer a range of surgical options to address snoring and OSA, tailored to each patient’s specific needs and the underlying cause of their sleep disorder.

Procedures such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, or nasal surgery may be recommended to alleviate airway obstruction and improve breathing during sleep.

Dr Ryan De Freitas

MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, MRCS, DOHNS, FRACS

ENT Surgeon

Common symptoms of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) include:

  • Loud Snoring

    Snoring is a primary symptom of OSA, characterized by noisy breathing during sleep caused by vibrations of the soft tissues in the throat.

  • Pauses in Breathing

    Individuals with OSA may experience pauses in breathing during sleep, often followed by gasping or choking sounds as they resume breathing.

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

    Fragmented sleep due to OSA can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating, affecting daily functioning and productivity.

  • Morning Headaches

    Headaches upon waking are common in individuals with OSA, often due to the decrease in oxygen levels and disruptions in sleep patterns during the night.

  • Dentofacial Growth Abnormalities

    Mouth breathing or chronic nasal obstruction can lead to dentofacial growth abnormalities.

  • Irritability and Mood Changes

    Sleep disruptions caused by OSA can lead to irritability, mood swings, and difficulty regulating emotions, impacting interpersonal relationships and overall well-being.

  • Dry Mouth or Sore Throat

    Breathing through the mouth during sleep, common in OSA, can lead to dry mouth or sore throat upon waking.

  • Frequent Nighttime Urination

    OSA may cause individuals to wake frequently during the night to urinate, disrupting sleep patterns and leading to nocturia.

It’s essential to recognize these symptoms and seek evaluation by a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment if OSA is suspected.