Sleep apnoea is a severe sleeping disorder that can land patients in serious health conditions due to the lack of restful sleep. A significant percentage of sleep apnea conditions can be treated by a qualified dental specialist with the help of some dental appliances or devices.
Bay Street Dental Group provides sleep apnoea treatment to our patients. We analyse the sleeping pattern of our patients and provide accurate solutions that can ensure restful sleep for them.
What Is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a sleeping condition where the patients stop breathing for 10 seconds or more during their sleep. It happens multiple times during their sleep, and they experience disturbed sleep throughout the night. The degree of sleep apnoea varies from person to person as they experience mild, moderate, or severe conditions.
Though there are numerous causes for sleep apnoea, a large majority of these issues happen due to the relaxing of the mouth and pharynx muscles when sleeping. Though slight relaxation of these muscles is observed in most people during their sleep, sleep apnoea patients experience it more. The relaxed muscles completely block the air path into the lungs, and the patients wake up due to the lack of oxygen.
Symptoms Of Sleep Apnoea
If you encounter the following symptoms, you should consult with a dental specialist:
- Chronic daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty to stay asleep
- Shortness of breath while sleeping
- Impaired concentration
Consequences Of Sleep Apnoea
Prolonged sleep apnoea can lead to severe health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeats
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- Acid reflux
The Treatment Process
At Bay Street Dental Group, we have specialists who have extensive expertise in treating sleep apnoea at our clinic in Port Melbourne. Both Dr Milton Herson and Dr Gary Newstadt at our clinic have gone through specialised training for treating sleep apnoea and have excellent exposure to various sleep apnoea conditions.
Our dental specialists will send patients for a sleep test that is done by a sleep physician. Based on the severity of the sleep apnoea, our dental specialists will design treatment options for the patient. It often includes repositioning the jaw and the tongue using a dental appliance for improving the airflow. The appliance is easy to wear but needs the commitment of patients to produce the results.
We also offer Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, to ensure a steady stream of air for patients at night. It is a machine that comes with a mask and tubing and ensures a proper supply of air by applying gentle pressure.
Our dental specialists also offer surgical therapies for sleep apnoea conditions that include adjusting jaw, facial, and nose bones. We also remove or reduce extra tissue from the throat of the patients and offer them relief from sleep apnoea.