Dental treatment for sleep apnoea
Your dentist can fix your snoring or even sleep apnoea problem!
Dental treatment for sleep apnoea and snoring
As your expert in oral health, a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine can provide a dental treatment for sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea (sleep apnea) is a disorder involving interruptions to breathing when you sleep. Snoring, apart from causing annoyance to you and your partner, can often be a sign of sleep apnoea.
Different solutions for sleep apnoea can be prescribed, depending on the cause of your case. One solution for snoring, and for mild to moderate sleep apnoea, is a custom made dental appliance that you wear during sleep. The appliance helps position your jaw to avoid any vibration (snoring) or obstruction (apnoea) of your airway when you sleep. Dental appliances for snoring and sleep apnoea include Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), and Tongue Retraction Device (TRD). These open the airway for healthy breathing (and stop the vibrations of snoring or airway obstruction) by either holding the lower jaw and/or your tongue forward.
Why consider a dental treatment for sleep apnoea?
For snoring or mild to moderate forms of sleep apnoea, ask for a snoring or sleep apnoea consultation, so we can assess your personal situation thoroughly. Our dentist with postgraduate qualifications in Dental Sleep Medicine, will work in collaboration with sleep medicine specialists (and other specialists) to make sure you are provided a correct diagnosis as to the cause, which is crucial. We are committed to helping you get a clear diagnosis and to make sure you understand the treatment options that are available.
After diagnosis, sometimes you will be prescribed a dental appliance as your preferred treatment, especially in cases of snoring and mild sleep apneoa. For other cases including advanced sleep apneoa, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine treatment is the gold standard. If you are have been prescribed CPAP to get a good night sleep, but have not been able to adjust to using it as prescribed, then see your dentist at NewSmile, to discuss if the quality (and quiet) of your sleep could be improved with a dental treatment for sleep apnoea.
Snoring and sleep apnoea: you are not alone
Research* indicates that more than 30% of adults regularly snore. Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs more often in males than in females**. And more than 80% of sleep apnoea sufferers are yet to be diagnosed***.
It’s obvious that many Australians suffer from sleep apnoea and that the quality of your sleep will also influence your overall health. There have been studies linking sleep apnoea (airway obstructions) with poor memory and concentration, risk of car accidents, depression and mood disorders, diabetes, reflux, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (such as stroke and heart attack). So it’s important to check on your snoring problem, and problems waking up snoring or gasping for breath.
A dental treatment for sleep apnoea will be based on your dentist and sleep medicine specialist’s recommendations for a suitable treatment, which could involve a dental appliance you can wear at night to ensure a quiet, high quality sleep.
How your NewSmile dentist can help with sleep apnoea
About NewSmile Dental in Perth
At NewSmile Dental our team of dentists have individual areas of expertise in various aspects of oral health, including dental sleep medicine. Getting clarity about obstructions in your airflow will be the first step, and we will always make sure you clearly understand the available treatment options. The devices we may recommend in your dental treatment for sleep apnoea, are approved for use in your mouth, and clinically tested for a safe and effective treatment.
* Jose M Marin, Santiago J Carrizo, Eugenio Vicente, Alvar G N Agusti. Long-term cardiovascular outcomes in men with obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea with or without treatment with continuous positive airway pressure: an observational study: Lancet 2005;365:1046-53.
** Logan et al. High prevalence of unrecognized sleep apnea in drug-resistant hypertension. J Hypertension 2001;19:2271-227.
*** Fatigue and Transport Working Party (Ad hoc sub-committee of the Australasian Sleep Association 03-04).
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