November 2013

OSA In the Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous

It is not just your average Joe who can suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). People from all walks of life are susceptible to this common disorder. Many famous people have become outspoken advocates for those who suffer and still remain untreated. People like Rosanne Barr - from the 90's TV show Rosanne or Rosie O'Donnell have both become advocates for the disorder and recommend getting checked out by experts.OSA doesn't just affect people who are over weight; athletes can also have this condition.  Shaquille O'Neal a former NBA player in America also suffers from the disorder, despite being fit and well in all other aspects of his life!  He maintains his health through the use of COntinuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).Randy Jackson, an American Idol judge also suffers from Sleep Apnoea and has been a very big figure in reaising the profile of OSA.As you can see, you aren't alone.If you think you may have this condition, it is good to get tested and ensure that you are making the most of your night time sleep!

Dental Devices (A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet)

You may have heard about dental devices being used as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea. It is a service that we offer by an experienced Dentist, who is also qualified in the area of sleep medicine. Dental devices work by pushing the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open during sleep. What you may not know is that dental devices are known by other names such as Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) and most recently Oral Appliance Therapy. So many names for such a wonderful appliance that can help to eliminate snoring as well as treat obstructive sleep apnoea!

Sail into the Recovery Bay with your CPAP on display!

If you have just undergone a Surgical Procedure, it is good to continue using CPAP post-operatively under the direction of your doctor. CPAP aids your sleep, and helps you get the rest that you need to make a faster recovery. CPAP often supports the metabolism and enables your body to rid itself of the Anaesthetics that have been used during your procedure. Provided that you have not had an ENT Procedure, it is good to use your CPAP just as you have done previously. If you are unsure whether or not to use your CPAP after the operation, ask your surgeon if it is okay to do so or contact us here at Sleep Centres of Australia. Call us on 9252 6144.

Going Under the Knife?

If you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) you are usually required to take your CPAP device with you for Post-Operative Recovery. Also be sure to tell your Anaesthetist, so they know what to expect when they wake you up from surgery. Check with your surgeon if you need your CPAP machine, some procedures require you to be off CPAP before or after your procedure. Mention your Sleep Study results so that the surgeon understands the severity of your condition. The recovery staff are well trained and will ensure correct treatment with your CPAP machine. You might not remember them turning on the Machine but you will definitely feel a difference!