Sleep Appliances

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We offer a range of sleep appliances at Chermside Dental, including Somnomed and Anti-snoring appliances

What are sleep/oral appliances?

They are an appliance, similar to a mouthguard, that is worn at night. It positions the lower jaw forward and is effective at treating mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also effective at treating snoring.snoring.jpg

How do they work?

By pushing your lower jaw forwards, it opens your airway. This reduces the chance of you having obstructions (sleep apnea) and reduces snoring.somnomed.jpg

How well do they work?

The oral appliance will work best if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, if your sleep apnoea is a lot better when you lie on your side than when you lie on your back and if you are not overweight. Individual results vary.

How well do they work compared to CPAP?

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) will stop sleep apnea straight away in almost all people who use it. CPAP is the gold standard, but for those who travel or who cannot tolerate it, an oral appliance is effective. Research shows that an Oral Appliance is just as effective in mild-moderate sleep apnea.

How can I get one?

We recommend having a sleep study first. Your GP can refer you to a sleep specialist who will work out how bad your sleep apnea is through a sleep study. You can do this either at home or in a sleep lab. Once this is done, Dr. Gary or Dr. Fred will be able to measure you up for a custom sleep appliance device.

Can it be used to stop snoring?

Yes, it often works well for snoring.

Where can I find further information?
http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_dental_devices_used_treat_sleep_apnea_000065_9.htm

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