Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

Snoring & Sleep Apnoea 2017-12-05T16:17:58+00:00

At Mona Vale Dental we work in partnership with many Sleep Specialists, ENT Surgeons and GPs in the diagnosis and treatment of snoring and Sleep Apnoea.

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea occurs in an estimated 24% of middle-aged males and 9% of middle-aged females and also many children.

Sleep apnoea is a disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The word “apnoea” literally means “without breath”. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is the repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat (upper airway) during sleep. A narrow floppy throat is also more likely to vibrate during sleep, which causes snoring.

We are able to help our patients by constructing state of the art oral devices to help treat these problems.

What are sleep apnoea appliances?
These appliances are one of the options that you can use to treat mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea, as well as snoring. They are also called Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) or Mandibular Repositioning Appliances (MRA). They look a bit like a mouth guard. At night, before you go to bed, you put it in your mouth. There is no need to wear it during the day.

How do they work?
They push your lower jaw forwards. Your airway will open up more and there will be less of a risk that it will vibrate (snore) or obstruct.

How well do they work?
As with all treatments, some people respond better than others. 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. If you have central sleep apnea (less common than obstructive sleep apnoea), then oral appliances will probably not help. But until you have tried it, no one can say for sure how well it will work for you.

Does it need to be specially fitted for me, or is there a one size fits all oral appliance?
Each person has a different mouth and jaw shape, so you should have one made to fit you. Your dentist will take a scan of your teeth and send this to a specialized laboratory for the appliance to be made. When it is fitted into your mouth, it will be adjusted so that it moves your jaw forward to a position that will be effective but is still comfortable. The device will have a screw adjustment to allow further fine tuning of the position over the next few weeks. Your dentist will help supervise this.

There are some kinds of dental devices that you can buy over the counter. These are cheaper, but they usually do not work. You will be wearing an appliance for a long time, so it is best to have one fitted especially for you. This will make it work better and help avoid any side-effects. After the appliance is fitted, follow-up visits with your dentist or sleep specialist will be needed.

Can it be used to stop snoring?
Yes. If it is fitted properly, it works well for snoring.

How should I look after an oral appliance?
You should brush and floss your teeth before you put it in each night. Plaque can build up on an appliance just like on your teeth, so you need to wash it carefully each day. Make sure you dry it out fully. Also keep it in a place when children and pets can’t get at it.

What Our Customers Say

I took Alistair's advice and Hayley & Alistair made me up a SomnoBrux to address my Bruxism. Wish I had taken his advice a long time ago - I found the guard really easy to sleep with and am now sleeping so much better and not waking up with a saw jaw and a headache every morning. Can't thank you enough Mona Vale Dental !read more
Sharyn Nichols
Sharyn Nichols
03:56 06 Dec 17
The team at Mona Vale Dental is not just top notch but world class. Dr. Graham has made sure he's always a master of the latest techniques. The fact that crowns and overlays can be done in a single session (without waiting to send away for molds, etc) is awesome. The quality of the work is always high. I personally have a challenging medical background and the Mona Vale Dental team is phenomenal at making sure all the specifics of my case are considered. And, on top of this, they're simply a really friendly bunch. Couldn't recommend them any more!read more
Bryan Rollins
Bryan Rollins
21:15 02 Sep 17
I was very impressed with the high level of care Alistair and his team give to his patients. All the staff were exceptionally welcoming and friendly. Mona Vale dental is beautiful practice with the most up to date facilities, and latest technology. They do an amazing job and in my opinion are one of the best for dental implants.read more
Francesco Fronzoni
Francesco Fronzoni
20:01 14 Aug 17
Alistair, Kristen, Lisa and the crew at Mona Vale Dental are fabulous. My children, husband and I all go there. Mona Vale Dental are happy, family-friendly, reliable and great at what they do. The new fit-out is also very stylish. It all makes for a very positive dental experience.read more
Jane Lillycrop
Jane Lillycrop
11:40 06 Jul 17
Our company designed and built the new practice environment for Dr Alistair Graham and I must say that the entire team at Mona Vale Dental were a real pleasure to work with from start to finish. They were and still are wonderful clients and people. His team are so caring and whilst we were shooting a video on location for a whole day, I saw first hand how the team greeted and looked after their patients. Wow was I impressed. The place looks amazing too and I recommend anyone in the local area to make an appointment and go and feel what it is like to be treated by such great professionals in an amazing space. We wish you all the best Dr Graham and team in your new practice.read more
Levitch Design Australia
Levitch Design Australia
04:55 05 Jul 17
Mona Vale Dental was recommended to me by my daughter who spoke very highly of Dr Graham and his team. The treatment and care I received has restored my faith in dentists again. Dr Graham was very knowledgeable and explained all treatment options available. I am very pleased with my new crown which I watched being made while I waited. Very impressive. Thank you.read more
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Penelope Hitchens
02:34 09 May 17