Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our physical and mental health. Sleep apnoea (a condition that causes you to stop breathing in your sleep) can lead to serious medical problems as it deprives your body and brain of oxygen, night after night.

Key takeaways:

  • The most common symptom is snoring.
  • In severe cases, you may wake up at night gasping for breath.
  • Other symptoms are morning headaches and daytime fatigue.

Your dentist may be able to treat the condition by providing a dental retainer that keeps airways open during sleep. If that doesn’t help, your dentist can refer you to a specialist, who’ll recommend the best treatment.