Sleep Apnoea

"If you need a peaceful night’s sleep, call us to find out how we can help"

With around four per cent of the Australian population suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), it is an issue we’ve encountered on many occasions at TLC Dental Clinic. We offer professional sleep dentistry services to help our patients stay safe and get a good night’s sleep.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

OSA is caused when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep, blocking the airway and disrupting sleep as the body reflexively responds to clear the blockage. Patients who suffer from OSA may have poor pharyngeal muscle tone, restricting space and causing an obstruction and snoring.

If you or your partner snores, it’s possible that you may have OSA. It’s often a patient’s partner who’ll become alert to the problem first, as the sleeper may not wake fully during the night.

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Problems linked to OSA include:

  • Fatigue the next day
  • Fluctuating moods
  • Reduced cognitive function
  • Social withdrawal
  • Decreased libido
  • Medical problems, including stroke
    and heart problems

Such devices generally include:

  • A mandibular advancement device
  • A tongue retainer

As with any treatment, there are pros and cons associated with whatever intervention you choose. For more information on the various treatment options, please get in touch with our team.

How sleep dentistry helps

If you’re worried about OSA, speak to the experts at TLC Dental Clinic. We can establish if this is an issue for you and treat it effectively. Early intervention may include recommendations in relation to diet, exercise, and better sleeping positions. If problems persist, we may consider Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) for patients with moderate to severe OSA. 

CPAP is the standard and most effective treatment for OSA. It involves wearing a mask to bed with air pumped through a tube to keep the airway open. It is, however, often hard to tolerate, and patients may prefer undergoing a surgical procedure instead.

Oral appliances can also be used to combat OSA. At TLC Dental Clinic, we can create custom-made appliances that are perfectly fitted for our patients.

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