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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Snoring is a common problem. Studies have estimated that up to 45% of males and 28% of females between 30 to 60 years old snore habitually.

“Simple” (or “primary”) snoring is mainly a social problem which can significantly disturb bed partners. However, it may also be a symptom of another related condition called “Obstructive Sleep Apnoea” when a patient not only snores at night, but also constantly feels sleepy and tired throughout the day due to poor quality sleep.

The upper airways may sometimes be obstructed by various structures, including the tongue, during sleep. This may lead to disrupted sleep and lack of oxygen. Patients with this condition experience severe sleepiness during the day, and snoring during the night.

Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnoea has additional health implications including a higher risk of developing hypertension and heart disease.

How is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea diagnosed?

A wide range of tests are available to aid the diagnosis and management of sleep-related problems such as:

  • Overnight polysomnography
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT)
What are the treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

We provide clinical assessment and advice on simple snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, counselling on the best treatment options according to each patient's different needs.

Sleep studies are necessary. Donning breathing masks during the night is usually effective.

In addition, there are a wide range of surgical options, from simple outpatient/day surgery procedures (e.g. radiofrequency of soft palate or tongue base) to inpatient surgery (e.g. uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) to treat sleep apnoea and snoring issues. Some of these surgery options include:

  • Radiofrequency Ablation of Turbinates
  • Radiofrequency Tongue Base Reduction
  • Uvulopharyngoplasty
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