Snoring and sleep problems can be caused by dental issues. We treat the dental problems to prevent you from having a disrupted sleep pattern, and help you to identify any other causes that can be treated.
Snoring may be an indication that you have a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), if left untreated OSA may cause excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Other diseases can also be caused or exacerbated by OSA and can all be ‘life shortening.’
It will most likely be recommended to patients who are suspected OSA sufferers that a referral to a Respiratory / Sleep Physician for an appropriate evaluation and treatment is necessary. It is most important that a thorough OSA assessment is carried out before the provision of any dental device for the treatment of snoring. Ignoring the possibility of a patient having OSA and just treating the snoring can have significant detrimental health consequences.
New treatments for Snoring and OSA are emerging all the time. There is now anecdotal evidence emerging in medical literature indicating that the application of the same medicines used in Anti-Skin Wrinkle treatment to the Masseter (cheek) and Temporalis (temple) muscles to treat tooth grinding can have a positive effect and help reduce OSA episodes and snoring in some patients. Dr. Hillel New, principal dentist at CDIC, has been trained in Chicago and New York (USA) at the AAFE (American Academy of Facial Esthetics) in the delivery of ‘Anti-Wrinkle’ medicines to these muscles to aid in the reduction of tooth grinding and perhaps help reduce the severity of OSA.
Sometimes a special mouth splint is recommended as treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (MAS – Mandibular Advancement Splint). This device is a custom-made appliance worn during sleep that helps bring the lower jaw forward (incrementally). Bringing the lower jaw forward helps to open the airway and aid in the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate OSA. Treatment involves an initial appointment to discuss the treatment and take impressions of the upper and lower jaws, followed by a second appointment to fit and adjust the appliance. Adherence to strict instructions is imperative to avoid bite/occlusal changes that may occur wearing these devices. Regular appointments and adjustment are necessary.
As CDIC’s leading dentist, Dr Hillel New has been providing patients with exceptional dental care for over 32 years. Dr New has built a vast reputation for providing quality, pain-free treatments in both cosmetic and implant dentistry, and is often called upon for his expertise in identifying and troubleshooting problems with dental implants.
HIs dental treatment philosophy centres around a commitment to evidence-based dentistry, and he believes in effective communication as the key to treatment success and positive long-term relationships with his patients.
Our general dental services are designed for anyone, to help you restore the health and longevity of your teeth, prevent disease and decay, and learn how to maintain a pristine condition with your own oral health habits. Book a consultation with our team and take your first step to a fuller smile with CDIC.