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Dental Sleep Medicine in Applecross

Help for Sleep Apnoea and Snoring

Dental Sleep Medicine Applecross

We can help you deal with sleep related breathing issues

While snoring may be the subject of many jokes, it’s no laughing matter when it comes to your health and your sleep partner’s ability to get refreshing rest. That’s why at The New Dentist, we feature sleep medicine, which is a dental service to treat the medical conditions of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Snoring and OSA are often referred to as sleep-disordered breathing. Not many people know that dentists can offer help for these problems. Research shows that noninvasive dental treatment for this lifelong chronic disease can be more effective than the invasive gold standard treatments used by other health practitioners. These include the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), which employs a mask to make sure your airway doesn’t collapse, or surgery.

Oral Appliance Therapy

We offer a mandibular advancement splint that holds the bottom jaw forward and opens up the airway and prevents collapsing, therefore, preventing snoring and OSA. At our clinic, we are different from others in that we’re outcome driven.

The Process of Getting a Splint

The First Appointment

You will be asked if you had a sleep study. If you didn’t, you’ll have a discussion with one of our dentists to determine if you may need one. If you’ve had a sleep study, we will talk to you about your OSA and snoring and discuss how our appliances work.

We will take radiographs and do a clinical exam. If you pass the clinical review you will be provided with a written treatment plan that will include costs/item numbers and timing of appointments.

The Second Appointment

Impressions will be taken and occlusal records of how far forward we will start your jaw.

The Third Appointment

You will be given your appliance, which is similar to two mouthguards and educated on how to adjust it.

The Fourth Appointment

We will assess if the splint has been effective for your needs and provide you with advice on what to do next.

You then will come in about 3-6 months later, depending on the severity of your sleep apnoea. After that, you only will need to see us once a year for a brief 20-minute appointment.

Experience You Can Trust

At The New Dentist, our multidisciplinary team consists of dental professionals who have broad knowledge and pay close attention to detail to get patients their desired outcome. Dr Christopher Pantin (Dentist) is a specialist in treating snoring and OSA. He’s devoted more than 25 years to researching and treating this chronic medical condition.

Dr Pantin co-wrote a paper on mandibular advancement splints that was published in 1995, and considered a landmark paper at the time. In 1999, he also co-wrote another paper that was published; this one was on side effects (e.g. bite changes and jaw repositioning) of wearing oral appliances. That paper is still cited to this day.

In 2010, we also started a two-year online degree—a Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine—through the University of Western Australia. Dr Valerie Bennett (Dentist) was one of the earliest graduates of the program (the first of its kind in the world) and Dr Rachael Pantin (Dentist) is currently pursuing the degree.

FAQ

What are some symptoms associated with OSA?

Extremely heavy breathing during sleep, excessive daytime sleeping, severe fatigue, changes in blood pressure, and brain fog are some of the most common symptoms.

Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to help prevent OSA?

Yes; maintaining a healthy weight can help as being overweight is linked with an increase in OSA.

Is OSA associated with any other health conditions?

Yes; these include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why it’s vital to treat sleep apnoea when it’s milder. Prevention is always better than cure.

Are any side effects associated with wearing an oral appliance?

If you wear the appliance long term, some orthodontic changes may occur as well as jaw repositioning. Such changes are usually minor, however, and we will monitor your case so we can prevent them.

If you suspect you have OSA, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We want to help you and your sleep partner slumber soundly!

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Dental Sleep Medicine in Applecross | The New Dentist | (08) 9315-3008