Monthly Archives: September 2016

Sleep Apnoea and Hearing Loss

Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder where a person exhibits shallow breaths or pauses in breathing during sleep. Common comorbidities of sleep apnoea include: type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome, acid reflux, liver problems, and adult asthma. A sleep study done in the United States indicated that loss of hearing could be linked to sleep apnoea.

Hearing Loss and Snoring

Arteriosclerosis is a disease in the blood vessels that supplies the inner ear.  Chronic loud noise or excessive vibration can also damage the nerves of the ear. In this connection, can loud snoring caused by sleep apnoea increase the risk of hearing loss?… Read More...

Medications and Dental Appliance for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Presently, there are no medications available for the efficient treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea. However, there are some drugs that may be prescribed by medical doctors to aid OSA patients. Oral or dental devices may also be prescribed in some cases to help in the treatment of sleep apnoea.

Medications

In cases of central sleep apnoea, including infant and children sleep apnoea, sleep doctors may prescribe Methylxanthine Theophylline. This drug has been found to aid those suffering with central sleep apnoea but has proven to be inefficient to treat adults with OSA.

In some cases where the normal treatment for sleep apnoea is ineffective, stimulants such as Modafinil have been prescribed.… Read More...

Options for the Treatment of Sleep Apnoea

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP therapy is the most effective and highly recommended treatment option for obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA. A small percentage of OSA patients had difficulty adapting to CPAP therapy thus their need to look for alternative treatments. There are surgical procedures, dental appliances and orthodontic procedures that can help people with sleep apnoea. This week, we will discuss known surgical procedures for the possible treatment of sleep apnoea.

Surgical Procedures

There are various surgeries or surgical procedures available for people with sleep apnoea. These procedures may be painful and come with possible complications and inherent risks.… Read More...

Overview on CPAP Masks Part II

New CPAP users encounter numerous glitches and hitches with their mask during the first few days of therapy. The problems are minimal and can be easily addressed and eliminated.

Humidification and Mouth Leaks

One of the most common problems of CPAP users is air leaks from the mouth.  This happens because the user’s mouth is open during the therapy because the CPAP airflow is causing nasal irritation.  Studies indicate that mouth leaks are correlated to lack of humidification or inefficient humidification.  Another possibility of air leaks from the mouth is that the nasal membranes cannot readily tolerate the increased airflow, causing the nasal and airway passages to become dry.  … Read More...