Dr Sandra Short is accredited as a Sleep Health Dental Centre dentist .
Everyone knows someone who snores – and often it can be the subject of some amusement. But there are many more serious implications.
Snoring is linked to sleep apnoea – a condition where you stop breathing for anywhere between a few seconds and a few minutes up to 30 times a night.
People who snore or have sleep apnoea are suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Surprisingly, more than 30% of adults and 10% of children in Australia experience SDB.
It can lead to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, male impotence and depression. Emotionally, it can lead to poor memory and concentration, irritability and increased stress.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine nominates Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) – a dentist fitting an oral appliance to hold the tongue and keep connected soft tissues clear of the upper airway – as the first-line treatment for SDB. But it’s not suitable for everyone – so you should consult an experienced dentist to assess the seriousness of your condition and your suitability for OAT.
Dr Sandra Short’s special interest in this area means she can assess your upper airway, conduct sleep studies and other assessments and decide whether you should be treated for SDB.
For a sleep health assessment with Dr Sandra Short, call: 02 9363 9823 or to make an online booking by simply filling in the form below.