Combat your snoring for a proper nights’ sleep with sleep dentistry.
Sleep dentistry is a form of dental care which focuses on providing treatment to alleviate snoring or the more severe sleep disorder, sleep apnoea. Our elite prosthodontist in Sydney will create a custom-made appliance designed to relieve snoring and sleep apnoea.
Dr Jim Ironside discusses sleep apnoea treatment
What causes snoring and sleep apnoea?
Snoring and sleep apnoea are very similar: they both occur when your jaw drops back causing your tongue and tissues at the back of the mouth to collapse into your throat. However, there is one big difference: snoring occurs when these tissues only partially block the airway whilst sleep apnoea occurs when your airway becomes completely blocked.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is characterised by extended pauses in breathing while asleep. When our throats are blocked by relaxed tissues, our bodies struggle for air and cause our brain to wake us up to manually start the breathing process. This can happen hundreds of times a night for sleep apnoea sufferers, who rarely even remember these episodes!
Signs of sleep apnoea
If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, it is important you visit our Sydney dental practice for an assessment to ensure you aren’t a silent sufferer of sleep apnoea:
- Falling asleep at random times
- Reduced lung capacity
- Jaw clenching causing tension and pain in the face
- Irreversible wear to your teeth from grinding of teeth
These symptoms when experienced singularly may not seem like much, but when a combination of these symptoms is experienced, the result can be damaging and has been known to be deadly! Sleep apnoea is a serious condition that affects your night time breathing, but also impacts your daily life too, causing sufferers to become so exhausted they cannot function properly throughout the day.
The side-effects of sleep apnoea
Studies suggest a staggering 80% of sleep apnoea patients in Australia remain undiagnosed.1
Sleep apnoea can be detrimental towards your health.
These studies also indicated that sleep apnoea may be associated with many serious health risks. If left untreated, sleep apnoea can contribute to an increased risk of the following medical conditions:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Work-related injury or fatalities
- Car accidents
Are you at risk?
Studies have revealed the severity of sleep apnoea increases in certain patient groups.
- 92% of obese males over 45 were diagnosed with sleep apnoea.1
- 86% of all obese patients were diagnosed with sleep apnoea compared.1
How to treat sleep apnoea?
At Ironside Advanced Dental we may be able to help alleviate your sleep apnoea.
Sleep apnoea test
Generally, we recommend those who may have sleep apnoea undergo a sleep study, wherein the patient is monitored overnight and any pauses in breathing are documented.
This helps determine whether the patient does have sleep apnoea and will allow us to use our advanced treatments to help alleviate both the snoring and sleep apnoea. We do this by using special appliances that are customised to you and are worn during sleep to actively keep the airway passage open.
Sleep apnoea treatment benefits
With the correct diagnosis and treatment support, some sleep apnoea symptoms resolve relatively quick. As such, patients may also have a longer lifespan.
Sleep Dentistry Sydney
References: 1. Healthy Sleep Solutions