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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea at Bald Hills Dental

At Bald Hills Dental, we know that there is a link between your mouth and your overall health. We focus on your full body wellbeing at all times. Our high-quality solutions include addressing sleep apnoea, which can be a devastating condition that leaves you fatigued.

Sleep apnoea is a serious breathing disorder that can increase the risk of significant medical complications like heart attack or stroke. If you or your loved one struggles with a sleep disordered breathing such as snoring or apnoea, it may be possible for our dentists to help.

The Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

We provide sleep apnoea screenings in our practice and can guide you through the process if it’s suspected you have a form of sleeping disorder. Let us know if you are experiencing any of the following warning signs:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping for air or choking in sleep
  • Teeth grinding/clenching
  • Restless sleep or restless legs
  • Night sweats
  • Mood or personality changes e.g Depression & Anxiety
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Waking tired in the morning
  • Easily fatigued
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Poor memory, concentration or confusion

How Can a Dentist Manage Sleep Apnoea?

Woman covering her ears with a pillow while man snoresSome types of snoring and sleep apnoea are caused by the soft tissue anatomy at the back of the mouth and upper airway. When you sleep, the relaxed position of your jaws can allow the airway to seal off, blocking air flow.

Dental sleep medicine aims to correct such conditions through non-invasive oral appliances that reposition the jaws in a way that enlarges the airway naturally. Such sleep mouthpieces can only be fitted by a trained dentist and under the partnership with your sleep physician or pulmonologist.

  • Diagnosis Process: The stage of your sleep apnoea can be evaluated using many different methods such as Episworth Sleepiness Scale & Berlin sleep questionnaires, computerised CBCT scans or by physical examination of your jaw, palate, tongue, tonsils, uvula, neck and throat. An initial consultation with one of our dentist will allow us to determine the best diagnostic plan for your individual needs. After your initial consultation appointment usually we will refer you for a ENT Examination and Sleep Study evaluation to confirm our diagnosis and create your tailor treatment plan.
  • Treatment and Management: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy was considered the best treatment for adults with severe sleep apnoea. However patient often find CPAP machines noisy, bulky and invasive resulting in poor compliance. Now patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnoea can be treated with conservative oral appliance therapy. A custom, adjustable appliance is constructed which will position the jaw in an optimal position to open the airway for a comfortable nights sleep. In some cases additional treatment may involve behavioural therapy, myofunctional therapy, weight loss, medications, sleep hygiene, nutrition and supplementation.

Sleep Apnoea in Children

Every parent wants a happy healthy child right? Often a children show signs of sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnoea and we just don’t notice them. Common signs of a sleep disorder in a child include:

  • Snoring or heavy mouth breathing
  • Sleep talking/walking
  • Night terrors/ Restless sleep
  • Bed wetting
  • Teeth grinding
  • Reflux
  • Behavioural problems or poor school grades
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Mouth breathing
  • Chronic allergies or Regular illness
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Crooked teeth
  • Day time tiredness
  • Ear infection or hearing difficulties

When sleep disorders are left untreated in children the consequences can be devasting for their development. Effects can include overall facial aesthetics, lung problems such as asthma, high blood pressure, obesity, abnormally slow growth, behavioural and learning difficulties, small jaws and crowded teeth just to name a few. To learn how we can treat your child’s sleep disorder read more about Early Intervention Orthodontics.

Dr Robert Lin, DentistMeet Dentist Dr Lin

We are pleased to have Dentist Dr Robert Lin on our team. He is one of Australia’s leading experts on breathing and sleep. If you’re having troubles getting the rest you need, you can feel confident that we can determine how best to address your concerns. Dr Lin (Dentist) treats each of his patients like a member of his own family.

How Can We Help You?

Do you or your sleep partner struggle with chronic snoring? It could be a breathing disorder. Contact us today request a sleep apnoea screening and discover if sleep appliances Bald Hills can help. We accept health funds and are providers for NIB and HCF.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment Bald Hills, Strathpine, Bridgeman Downs QLD | (07) 3261 5551