Dr Emma Bond, one of the founding principal dentists at Tindale Dental Centre, has a dedicated interest in helping patients with sleep apnea. This can be achieved with the use of custom made mandibular advancement splints. There are a variety of these splints to choose from, tailored to your specific needs. Studies have shown that these oral appliances are an effective treatment option for suffers of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These oral devices are discrete and fit snugly into your mouth. They don’t require a mask, nor a machine and have been proven as an effective treatment option for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. They can also be considered as an option, in consultation with your sleep specialist if you have more severe sleep apnea but are unable to tolerate CPAP.
It’s important that your dentist has the expertise, training and accreditation in dental sleep medicine. Dr Bond is currently undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine from the University of Western Australia. This post graduate course involves an intensive research component and underpins Emma’s commitment to understanding sleep apnea and sleeping disorders.
Before deciding how to treat your sleeping issues, it’s important you consult a sleep specialist to understand the cause. Not all sleeping problems are the same. Sleep apnea affects many people and is often undiagnosed.
Click on the link to see causes and symptoms of Sleep Apnea.
What should you do first?
Your first step in determining if a dental appliance is suitable for you is to have a sleep specialist determine if you have snoring or sleep apnea and, if sleep apnea, the severity of your sleep apnea. For this step you will need a referral from your GP.
Your next step is to bring your sleep study to an appointment with Dr Bond to discuss your treatment options and formulate a plan.
Alternatively if you don’t have a sleep study but believe you are having issues with snoring or sleep apnea, Dr Bond can pre-assess you to determine if a sleep study may be required in your individual case, referring you to a sleep specialist if necessary to begin the progression towards alleviating your sleep issues.