What is Sleep Disordered Breathing?
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.
Why 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.
The online pre-screening is free.
This online screening will ask you about sleep and teeth. It is all explained when you do the online questionnaire. This online screening will tell you if you meet the eligibility criteria. If you do, Medicare pays for 80 % of the fee and you pay a small additional fee.
We will guide you through the process and we will send the report to Dr Basil so he can advise you on your choices whether it includes CPAP, oral splints or a combination of both.
Make an appointment with Annerley Dental today 07 3391 4366 for a thorough assessment of your breathing difficulties.