You might be surprised to know that your Dentist can often tell if you
snore, just by looking in your mouth! Perhaps even more surprising is
just how much snoring can impact sleep quality, often leading to
serious long-term health and wellbeing problems. At Dentistry on Unley, our Dentists and Dental Hygienists are trained to detect early signs of sleep disordered breathing during routine dental examinations.
Our sleep trained dentist works with sleep physicians to diagnose the
specific causes of your sleep disordered breathing, either through a
home or hospital-based sleep study. A treatment plan that best suits your circumstances is then developed, generally employing one of two common treatment options.
There are 2 main treatment options:
1) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, or
2) Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS)
A MAS is a simple, custom-made medical device similar to a
mouthguard, but smaller and less bulky. The MAS is worn at night
while you sleep and is designed to hold your lower jaw slightly
forward to keep your airways open throughout the night.
This allows for easier breathing, reduces snoring sounds, and most
importantly, can result in a marked improvement in sleep quantity
and quality. Many patients report feeling more well rested and
refreshed than they have in years (as do their partners).
MAS devices are easy to wear, and it is often possible to speak, yawn
and drink while wearing them. They are small, light and easy to carry
with you when you travel. The cost is similar to a CPAP and most
health funds offer a rebate.
At Dentistry on Unley, we have a Dentist specifically trained in sleep related Dentistry. They can diagnose your condition, then fit a MAS to treat your snoring or sleep apnea.
They can also offer you plenty of tips and advice about other treatment options for snoring.
If you or your partner snore, and you’d really like to get a better night’s sleep and avoid the long-term health consequences of breathing-interrupted sleep.
To find out more, or to schedule an appointment contact us today.