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Sleeping disorders such as chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can lead to a host of personal and health-related concerns. Not only does it cause chronic fatigue, sleep apnoea affects your sleep partner and family.
Our Hawthorn sleep dentists and doctors can help you screen for a sleep apnoea diagnosis without referring you to a physician and avoiding surgery. Some of the warning signs that we test for include:
Many of these symptoms can be assessed during your clinical exam but be sure to ask your sleep partner about problems such as snoring. They may also observe signs of gasping for air or pauses in your breathing. A home sleep study can help confirm any suspicions without having to spend the night in a clinic.
When finding a treatment for sleep apnoea, most people turn to their physician or pulmonologist for CPAP therapy. Unfortunately, CPAP machines can be bulky and cumbersome. They make it difficult to travel or even sleep in different positions. Unfortunately, the noise they make is also bothersome to your sleep partner or family.
Instead, you may want to consider treating obstructive sleep apnoea with a CPAP alternative, a customised oral sleep appliance. Our Hawthorn dentists can fit you with the mouthpiece, which sits over your teeth similar to a mouthguard. However, it slightly repositions your lower jaw in a way that naturally opens your airway at the back of your throat.
When you wear an oral sleep apnoea device, you’re treating your OSA in a natural, holistic manner. No loud equipment is required! Many of our Hawthorn patients see an improvement in their sleep within the first few days.
An oral sleep appliance can be used in conjunction with a CPAP machine, but ultimately it can replace your need for the device altogether. We’re happy to communicate with your sleep specialist, pulmonologist, or family physician to determine the best route of care for your situation, whether it be sleep therapy or a sleep aid.
Sleep apnoea can strain your cardiovascular system, putting you at a greater risk for a stroke or heart attack. If you suspect that you or your loved one has a sleeping disorder, and already has warning signs such as high blood pressure, we encourage you to see a sleep apnoea specialist or schedule a screening straightaway. It could save your life.
Wearing an oral sleep appliance is usually more comfortable and easier to comply with than a CPAP machine. The modest investment in your mouthpiece makes it a great solution for better quality sleep and improved overall health.
When you visit Hawthorne Smiles Dental for the first time, our sleep dentists will evaluate your oral anatomy, possibly take an X-ray or CT scan, and discuss your sleep concerns and their causes.
If an oral appliance is right for you, we’ll take an impression of your teeth and get one made straightaway.
Contact us today to get started on treating your sleep apnoea!