At The Dental Station our philosophy of care is centred on considering the mouth as part of a greater system - the whole body. The mouth isn't just about a great smile, It has an instrumental role in your body's general health as it acts as the gateway to the body.
The way the jaws develops through childhood and adolescence has a major impact on the quality of our life. This is because proper jaw development underpins an adequate airway volume to support good breathing while you sleep. What can cause inadequate jaw development? Read more about that here.
If jaw development is not correct, you may have a sleep breathing disorder such as snoring or sleep apnoea. Whether you're a child or an adult, we have the latest non-surgical technologies available to painlessly restore your correct jaw development there by unlocking your full potential.
But first let's talk more about sleep disordered breathing (SDB).
Sleep apnoea is a serious medical condition where you actually stop breathing while you are sleeping.
There are multiple factors that can contribute to this condition. The main cause is the sleep-induced loss of tone in the muscular wall of the airway. The wall starts to close in on itself thereby hindering airflow and causing the obstruction.
This reduces the oxygen levels in the blood and consequently stresses the heart. The constant stress
on the heart increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Imagine if you’re trying to work and your computer keeps on shutting down every few minutes. It
would drive you insane. Well that’s how your brain feels when you have sleep apnoea. You can think
of it like breathing through a straw rather than a garden hose.
Why is a good night sleep is so important?
When you sleep your body restores itself to health: muscles grow, tissues repair, hormones are produced then released and proteins are synthesised, Your brain reorganises itself and consolidates memories. For children, sleep has a critical role in brain development. When was the last time you checked how your child is sleeping? There is a high prevalence of sleep apnoea in children and it is a serious issue that can have far-reaching implications on their health. Dentists can detect if your child's mouth demonstrates the risk factors for sleep apnoea.
The implications of this condition on your short term and long term general health are profound:
Current sleep apnoea treatments like CPAP and dental snoring mouthguards are themselves disruptors to your sleep. Research shows that half of CPAP users are not using it 1 year after purchasing it. If this is the gold standard, something better has to be out there.
With new training in the field of craniofacial epigenetics, The Dental Station is now positioned to offer the latest treatment for sleep apnoea that can address the underlying issue in 98% of patients with sleep apnoea – the underdeveloped jaws.
The Vivos suite of oral appliances non-surgically alter the bone volume of the upper and lower jaws. These in turn improves the soft tissues supported by these bones. The end result is an increase in the airway volume of the nose and the nasopharynx and oropharynx.
We take a wholistic approach to our consultations for patients with sleep difficulties. For example:
- We take a thorough history of your sleep and your general health, trying to see if we can
connect symptoms or medical conditions back to poor sleep quality.
- We are able to organise home-based sleep studies that are reported on by sleep physicians.
- Anatomically, the airway is bordered at the front by the jaws and at the back by the cervical
spine. So we have a low-dose Cone Beam Imaging machine to take 3D images of your nasal
and pharyngeal airways, the upper and lower jaws as well as the cervical spine.
- We assess your posture, because many patients with obstructed airways posture their heads
forward to help open the airway.
- We have a working relationship with ENTs, speech pathologists, chiropractors, osteopaths
and ofcourse sleep physicians.
For someone suffering with poor sleep quality, the journey to seek help is convoluted. At the Dental Station, we simplify this and help you access the best treatment plan with a multidisciplinary approach. We tailor treatment to your needs.
“It’s not a one size fits all approach.”
Come in for a Sleep and Breathing Wellness consultation and see how we can help you!