Dr Emma Bond is one of our founding principal dentists. She has a dedicated interest in helping patients with sleep apnoea.
To treat this disorder Dr Bond uses custom mandibular advancement splints. These oral devices are discrete and fit snugly in your mouth. This approach to treatment does not require a mask or a machine and is proven to be an effective option for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea. They are also an option, in consultation with your sleep specialist, for more severe cases where the patient cannot tolerate CPAP.
It is important that your dentist has the expertise, training and accreditation in dental sleep medicine. Dr Bond is highly qualified having completed 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 apnoea and sleeping disorders. Dr Bond is also a Fellow of Dental Sleep Medicine.
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 apnoea affects many people and is often undiagnosed.
Click on the link to see causes and symptoms of Sleep Apnoea.
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 apnoea 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 apnoea, 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.
If you would like more information on sleep apnoea please visit Dr Bond’s dental sleep apnoea centre website www.dentalsleepapnoeacentre.com.au