What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea occurs is where there is an obstruction of the upper airways during sleep. The obstruction can be from various sources but may also be from dental related structures such as the tongue, or the tonsils. These obstructions can cause pauses of breath which can occur many times during the night while sleeping. As a result, it may cause daytime sleepiness and lack of concentration. It has also been linked to increase risks of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
How is it diagnosed?
During your routine 6 monthly checks, our dentists will have a discussion with you if they suspect you have a possibility of obstructive sleep apnoea. A true diagnosis however needs to be done by a sleep physician utilising investigations such as a sleep study. Sleep studies are typically referred by your local medical doctor.
How does it relate to dentistry?
If you have a diagnosis of mild to moderate sleep apnoea and it has been determined by a sleep physician that the blockage is dental related, we can make you a customised oral device to wear at night. This is otherwise known as a MAS (mandibular advancement splint). The device works by moving your jaw and surrounding oral tissues forwards, to increase the airflow. Of course a proper diagnosis by a sleep physician is necessary.
In more severe cases, the CPAP mask is and has been to this date the gold standard of treatment.
If you have had a sleep study and the sleep physician has recommended a MAS oral appliance, you can contact us on (03)98772589.
Alternatively, you can book us online and one of our friendly dentists will gladly discuss your options.
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Blackburn VIC 3130
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Conveniently positioned for patients seeking a Dentist in Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Nunawading, Mitcham, Forest Hill and Canterbury. Our Blackburn North Dental Clinic is next to Blackburn station via the Belgrave or Lilydale line. Walk towards Main St (2 minutes) and you will see a light blue signage.
Parking is available behind Blackburn Family Dental, entering Main St or alternatively on S parade.
Many buses, including 703 and 765, are also in close proximity to our Blackburn North dental clinic.