Not only are snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (when you stop breathing in your sleep) irritating to those sleeping beside you, they can also have serious affects on your medical health. Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) can lead to constant tiredness, irritability, loss of concentration at work or whilst driving, increases in blood pressure and potentially reducing your lifespan.
Dentists are often the first healthcare professionals to recognise OSA, and the team at Mosman Fine Dental can help treat this problem. We will work in conjunction with your GP and Specialist Respiratory Physician to arrange a sleep study (polysomnogram), which diagnoses the severity of your snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea. In mild to moderate cases of OSA, an oral appliance has been proven to be as effective as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) in the management of this condition; especially if you cannot tolerate wearing the CPAP mask to bed at night.
Our dental sleep medicine trained dentists can provide you with a customised oral appliance (such as a SomnoDent™ Appliance), and we will continue to review and adjust your device to help improve your snoring or OSA. A repeat sleep study with you wearing your new oral appliance will be recommended by your Respiratory Physician at a later stage to accurately assess your apnoea-hypopnoea improvements.
For more information, or to book an initial consultation to help assess your snoring or OSA, please contact the experienced team at Mosman Fine Dental today.