Sleep Apnea Treatment Brisbane

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) affects 30-40% of adults. In Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) the airway collapses and there is no/minimal air flow to lungs. OSA has also been linked with serious long term adverse health consequences such as high blood pressure, diabetes, impaired brain function and stroke. People with diabetes, obesity and hypertension have a 70% chance of significant obstructive sleep apnea.

The Dentist plays an important role in sleep medicine as the Dentist is the first to look in the mouth and can assess patients for this during their 6 months or 12 monthly visits to the Dentist. Patients reporting snoring, sleepiness, morning headaches, inability to sleep (insomnia) and temporomandibular (jaw) disorders need to be assessed by a team of professionals including their Dentist, respiratory Physicians, Ear Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT) and their General Doctor

Life without sleep is impossible. Preschool children sleep about 14 hours, teenagers sleep about 9 hours whilst adults sleep 6-7 hours.
Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) affects 30-40% of adults. It includes

  • Snoring is the mildest form SDB
  • Upper airway resistance syndrome (increased effort to breath but no drop-in blood oxygen)
  • Obstructive Hypopnea (>30% reduction airflow for > 10 seconds)
  • Obstructive Apnea (>90% reduction airflow for > 10 seconds) – most severe form SDB

In Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) the airway collapses and there is no/minimal air flow to lungs. You stop breathing totally/partially from 30 times or more per hour. This is one of the primary reasons we work with many patients to provide sleep apnea treatment Brisbane wide.
OSA has also been linked with serious long term adverse health consequences such as high blood pressure, diabetes, impaired brain function and stroke. People with diabetes, obesity and hypertension have a 70 % chance of significant obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring is turbulent airflow causing tissues to vibrate. Vibration occurs in non-cartilaginous areas such as soft palate, uvula & pharyngeal walls.

  • 24% women (greater incidence post- menopausal & pregnancy)
  • 40% men
  • 10-12% children

Make an appointment with Annerley Dental today 07 3392 2378 for a thorough assessment of your breathing difficulties.

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Why Choose Annerley Dental for Your Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Dr Basil has attended many courses by leaders in the field including Dr Steve Olmos, Dr Derek Mahoney, Dr Anne Marie Cole and Dr Harry Ball. He has personal experience in this field as he has been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea and had nasal surgery to enhance his breathing.

Nasal breathing is a very important component in sleep apnea and Dr Basil will assess this and recommend appropriate X rays and referrals to ENT specialists for assessments prior to any device being made.
Included within your treatment:

  • Special customised snoring devices (based upon a thorough assessment involving a detailed history/questionnaire of your symptoms)
  • X-rays to identify the underlying issue
  • A visual assessment by Dr Basil
  • Assessment of all the relevant reports on your sleep
  • Consultation with your GP and sleep physician if required

Dr Basil has partnered with Aer Healthcare which is an end to end sleep diagnostic and therapy company dedicated to determining the best outcome for the patient. Aer Healthcare works directly with the public and in cooperation with dentists, sleep physicians, technologists, and scientists in a progressive team approach so that you get a comprehensive diagnosis.

Sleep apnea oral appliances work by moving the jaw forward, which moves the tongue forward, increases the size of the upper airway, thus reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring. A custom fitted oral appliance has a higher rate of success in treating OSA than similar devices that can be acquired from a pharmacy.

A sleep study is also required again after the oral appliance is used for a period of time to determine how effective it is and whether it needs to be adjusted to increase its effectiveness.

Dr Basil has attended many courses by leaders in the field including Dr Steve Olmos, Dr Derek Mahoney, Dr Anne Marie Cole and Dr Harry Ball. He has personal experience in this field as he has been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea and had nasal surgery to enhance his breathing. Nasal breathing is a very important component in sleep apnea and Dr Basil will assess this and recommend appropriate X rays and referrals to ENT specialists for assessments prior to any device being made. Dr Basil will offer special customised snoring devices based upon a thorough assessment involving a detailed history/questionnaire of your symptoms, X-rays, visual assessment by Dr Basil, assessment of all the relevant reports on your sleep.

The devices Dr Basil recommends include the Somnodent and Oasys appliances.

Make an appointment with Annerley Dental and brighten your smile today!

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