SomnoMed is an oral appliance, much like a sports mouthguard, that is a clinically-tested medical device designed to treat patients with sleeping disorders such as OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea). SomnoMed helps with symptoms related to sleep apnoea like bruxism (grinding of teeth), snoring and pain in the jaw joint (Temporomandibular or TMD pain).
OSA is a breathing disorder, constricting the airways resulting in multiple wakeful episodes throughout the night. Signs and symptoms of OSA include morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, depression and frequently going to the toilet throughout the night. Many people are unaware they are suffering from OSA as they think loud snoring, gagging or gasping for air whilst sleeping is common, and therefore normal.
OSA occurs due to the lower jaw dropping down and back, causing the airway to be constricted. When the airway closes or tightens while sleeping it obstructs airflow and oxygen to the brain. If there is no oxygen to the brain, the brain prompts you to wake up to draw a breath. Patients with OSA will repeat this process throughout the night, interrupting their deep sleep.
We will conduct a thorough examination to assess whether the SomnoMed device is appropriate for you. After a thorough assessment of your overall wellbeing and sleep concerns, dental impressions and bite registrations are taken and sent to SomnoMed where the customised appliance is made. Our dentists will then custom fit the device and advise you on how to fit it and remove it at home, as well as how to clean and care for your device.
The device is designed to help keep the airways open by slightly moving the lower jaw forward during sleep, this forward movement helps to open your airway for better breathing and to prevent obstruction and any other symptoms. Once the appliance has been fitted and adjusted you should notice an improvement in sleep disturbance with less snoring and waking up during the night. You should also wake up feeling less tired and more refreshed from having a good night’s sleep. In most cases, the appliance is highly effective for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnoea.
We work together with your sleep physician, as well as using information from your sleep study to ensure this is the right treatment for you.
SomnoMed is less bulky than traditional sleep apnoea machines and more comfortable and discreet for everyday wear. SomnoMed is good value for money compared to the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines that can be costly to obtain. We also choose SomnoMed due to their excellent reputation, durability, performance and they are also made in Australia.
At Dentistry on Unley we understand that a good night’s sleep is important to reach your optimal health and wellbeing. Treating sleep apnoea is also very important to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
To find out more about SomnoMed or other sleep apnoea treatments, contact us today.