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Sleep Apnea Dental Treatments

Effective treatment using Mandibular Advancement Devices

If you snore loudly and wake yourself or others up during the night, it may indicate a more serious underlying condition called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition that negatively affects your sleep quality, leads to poor work performance, fatigue, and lack of concentration. Sleep apnea can also increase your risk of life-threatening health problems like high blood pressure, depression, heart attack, and stroke.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition that affects breathing passageways at night while you sleep. Air passageways become blocked or restricted due a number of factors including genetics, obesity, sinus issues, or oversized tonsils.

The sufferer will often experience periods of not breathing during sleep (apnea meaning “no breath”). The sufferer often comes out of deep sleep gasping for breath to clear the airways before falling back asleep. Unfortunately, they often don’t notice this is happening.  

For mild to moderate sleep apnea, Continuous Open Airway Treatment (COAT) is often recommended.  A custom-fitted oral appliance known as a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is worn while you sleep, reducing sleep apnea by keeping your airways open.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea? 

A proper assessment and diagnosis of sleep apnea needs to be done by your doctor before recommending treatment.  

Some symptoms of sleep apnea may include:

//  Very loud snoring

//  Gasping for breath during the night

//  Observed periods of not breathing during sleep

//  Morning headaches

//  Feeling tired in the morning after a full night's sleep

//  Dry mouth and sore throat in the morning

//  Insomnia

//  Experiencing mood changes

//  High blood pressure

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

Once sleep apnea has been diagnosed, there are several treatment options. Weight loss, changing sleeping positions, and improving health habits like quitting smoking may contribute to reducing sleep apnea. If you require assisted treatments, your doctor may recommend Continuous Open Airway Treatment (COAT) using a custom-fitted oral appliance worn while you sleep.

At King Street Dental, we use SomnoMed for a comfortable and effective mandibular advancement device. 

Your SomnoMed oral device is made in the dentist's chair by taking an impression of your teeth and having them sent to a lab to have the mould made, similar to a sports mouthguard. 

As with all treatments, some people respond better than others. Mandibular advancement devices have a 70-80% success rate and are commonly used for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. 

Your treatment options will be based on the severity of your condition. For moderate to severe sleep apnea,  your doctor may recommend CPAP treatment (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment).  This treatment involves a machine that delivers pressurised air through a mask into the airways to help you breathe and improve your sleep.

Benefits of a Mandibular Advancement Device

The main benefit of a mandibular advancement device is that it reduces snoring and sleep apnea.

This device permits regular mouth opening at night and is clinically proven to be safe and effective in treating sleep apnea. It is easy to adjust, comfortable, and professionally fitted by your dentist.  

A mandibular advancement device is practical for travelers because unlike other treatments, this device does not require any batteries, charging or plugs, and comes in a convenient carrying case. 

Sleep apnea is a condition that should not be left untreated. Talk to your doctor to see if Continuous Open Airway Treatment is suitable for you.  Call King Street Dental to book in a consultation with our qualified dentists. 

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Where To Find King Street Dental

King Street Dental is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

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