Dr Emma Bond, one of the founding principal dentists at Tindale Dental Centre, has a dedicated interest in helping patients with sleep apnoea. 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 apnoea. 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 apnoea. They can also be considered as an option, in consultation with your sleep specialist if you have more severe sleep apnoea but are unable to tolerate CPAP.
It’s important that your dentist has the expertise, training and accreditation in dental sleep medicine. Dr Bond has 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.
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