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Sleep Apnoea

Did you know that some types of dental problems — such as cracked, worn teeth or tooth pain — could be caused by a sleeping disorder? Obstructive sleep apnoea is one such condition that often exhibits itself in a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Snoring
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Flat or broken teeth and dental work
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Short teeth
  • TMJ disorder, jaw pain

Additionally, alcohol use can exacerbate the symptoms.

CPAP Treatment Alternatives

Woman with pillow over ears, next to man snoringDepending on the type of apnoea you have, an oral sleep appliance could replace your CPAP machine (if you’re intolerant to it). Dental aids use what’s called a “mandibular advancement device” that positions your lower jaw in a slightly protruded position.

When your jaw is moved forwards, it brings your tongue with it. As a result, there’s less tissue blocking your airway or reducing your oxygen intake.

If you’re having problems with sleep apnoea, getting fitted with a dental appliance could improve the quality of your life. A lack of oxygen strains your brain and other organs, like a slow death to your body. By increasing your air intake and improving your sleep, your body and brain have what they need to perform optimally the next day.

Dental sleep appliances aren’t just for people who snore; they’re made to help people get their quality of life back. Dr Mark Chung (Dentist) can guide you through the sleep study process if you still need your specific breathing disorder formally diagnosed.

Do Sleep Appliances Work?

A custom-made dental sleep appliance can be a comfortable and effective way to manage sleep disordered breathing. Your particular device can be adjusted for optimal fit and effectiveness.

The only thing Dr Chung needs to make your sleep guard is an impression of your teeth. When we have the mould of your upper and lower jaw, the mouthpiece can be created and adapted so that it situates your mandible (lower jaw) in the best position.

Since obstructive sleep apnea is related to your oral anatomy, a dental appliance is one of the most straightforward ways to treat it. Adapting the resting position of your tongue prevents it from slipping back and sealing against your tonsils, palate and back of your throat. As a dentist, Dr Chung is skilled in creating and fitting oral sleep appliances in a way that offer optimal benefits without the need of a CPAP.

Some people see improvement within the first day or two of using their new sleep appliance. Others are able to completely do away with their CPAP machine. However, these special mouthguards are made so that they can be worn with your CPAP if necessary.

Why Sleep Apnoea Damages Teeth

When your brain is deprived of oxygen, it causes your body to start locking up. Your jaw tightens and clenches the teeth against one another, fighting for air. Although it seems counterintuitive, it’s your body’s natural response. As a result, your teeth eventually suffer from excess wear and fractures.

Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

Contact Artarmon Fine Dental today to learn more about oral sleep apnea Artarmon treatments.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment Artarmon, St Leonards, Chatswood NSW | (02) 9419 7484