Understanding Sleep Apnoea

Understanding Sleep Apnoea

Learn all you need to know about sleep apnoea and its treatment

Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and a key component of ensuring a better quality of life. However, it is not just about getting your 8 hours of sleep; the quality of your sleep is just as important as the duration. Gentle Dental Care is a team of highly qualified dentistry professionals.

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Snoring vs sleep apnoea

While loud, frequent snoring is a symptom and indicator of sleep apnoea, it is not necessarily the same thing. Sleep apnoea results in pauses in breathing or shallow breaths whilst asleep. Breathing can actually stop for periods of time that range from a few seconds to a minute and in some cases, even longer.

Snoring vs sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea refers to interruptions in breathing that occur during sleep.
There are three forms of sleep apnoea:
– OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea)
– Central Sleep Apnoea
– Mixed Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive sleep apnoea can further be distinguished by the different types of breathing interruption.


This refers to when the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse enough to cause a complete blockage of your airway. An apnoea is when airflow is blocked for 10 seconds or more.


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