Sleep disordered (including sleep apnoea) may be one of the MOST UNDERDIAGNOSED and POORLY MANAGED medical conditions. It is more prevalent than diabetes and asthma however only one in 100 people are been helped. At MVDC we take this very seriously and as a part of our holistic approach we will look for signs and symptoms at your examination visits.

Some people’s sleep disorder can interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional performance.

Sleep apnoea doesn’t simply mean you’re tired and you snore it is more complex than that and implicates and is associated with a great number of medical conditions including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Memory loss
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Impotence, erectile dysfunction and loss of libido
  • Tiredness and sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain / difficulty losing weight
  • Gastric reflux
  • Chronic pain
  • ADHD and
  • Depression

What is sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is essentially when you suffocate in your sleep. It occurs when the airway’s closes during sleep. Some people have airways prone to collapse during the sleep; this could be due to poor jaw movement, large tongue, bad posture, or weight gain.

Sometimes airway collapses, partially or completely if this happens more than 5 times per hour than is an indicative of sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea is a very serious medical condition that can rob you of both quality and quantity of your life.

As you can imagine not been able to breathe is extremely stressful to the body. It affects our blood pressure and heart rate through the night. The brain gets roused out of deeper, restorative sleep, and sleeping time turns into a survival battle rather than a rest and recovery.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

  • Chocking or gasping for air
  • Feeling like you haven’t slept
  • Waking up with headaches
  • Feeling tired or like you could fall asleep during the day
  • Has your partner ever said?

“You have stopped breathing during your sleep”

“You snore”

“You sound like your chocking”

Is snoring wrecking more than just your partner’s sleep?

Snoring is considered by many to be normal and a natural part of ageing, but many studies show that it is a very serious health risk that is affecting your health and also your partner’s health.

Snoring is not healthy at any age and if you snore at all, you need to rule out sleep apnoea.

Snoring is a problem when your partner needs to sleep in a separate bedroom, or it wakes you up.

The role of Dentistry in the field of sleep medicine

Dentist plays an important role in sleep medicine, not only in treatment, but also in first line of recognition of clinical signs, and screening for sleep disorders.

Dentist is in the position to identify these potential patients as sleep apnoea is commonly a disease of cranio-facial anatomy and dentist has great cranio-facial anatomy knowledge.

We apart from being a general dental practice are also a sleep study centre for Sleep Services Australia. This means we can provide our patients with the equipment to have a home base sleep study test.

What signs alert a dentist to potential sleep-disorder problems?

  • Tooth grinding
  • Receded lower jaw
  • Acid erosion of teeth
  • Erosion, chipping of teeth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Narrow jaws
  • Crowded and worn teeth
  • Bony overgrowth (Tori)
  • Tongue tie
  • Heavily filled teeth
  • Scalloped tongue mouth breathing
  • Deterioration of crown and restorations
  • Large tonsils

Treatment options

Treatment options will depend on the level of severity of the sleeping disorder

  • CPAP
  • Oral appliance (MAS)
  • ENT referral
  • Weight management
  • Life style changes (Reducing alcohol, not smoking)

While lifestyle changes and surgery are options the most successful treatment option is the use of CPAP machine and mouth appliance

Oral appliance

We are part of Sleep Services Australia and Dr Erika Guerra can talk to you about how we can help you with your sleep apnoea.

One of the treatment options is an Oral Appliance Therapy. They are worn over the teeth like a mouth guard, they work by realigning the jaw while you are sleep, it opens the airway passage at the back of the throat and prevents your jaw from dropping back during your sleep and obstructing the airway.

We use SomnoMed dental appliance for treating mild to moderate sleep apnoea.

How can we help you?

We are trained with a physiological approached which means we can:

  • Assist with obtaining the diagnosis or ruling out sleep apnoea (through a home base study)
  • Provide custom made appliances, that will provide support to the jaw and airway and minimise snoring
  • Monitor your progress in managing the sleep apnoea
  • Titrate your appliance to achieve maximal medical improvement
  • When appropriate, restore any broken down teeth to excellent aesthetics and function

Where to from here?

Sleep apnoea is a very serious medical condition that can rob you of both quality and quantity of your life. There is no higher priority for the body than to breath. We can survive days without food or water, but only minutes without oxygen. Sleep together with diet and exercise are the pillars of health. The healthier sleep, the more beneficial it is to your health. Is sleep is an issue for you or your partner, a sleep screening or sleep study can help to understand why. If you already have been diagnosed of sleep apnoea and are not being treated, speak to your well-trained dentist so we can arrange a screening test or guide you in the right direction.

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If you have Sleep Disorders and want to learn more about items that may help you please have a look at snore guards. Should you have any questions just give us a call.

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Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
Always made to feel welcomed, taken care of and in a safe environment. Very appreciative of Louise for always being a friendly and welcoming face, and Rachel for making every experience comfortable. THANKYOU ♡
Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
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