Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental sleep medicine is another way NLFSD offers a holistic approach to our dental treatment. Initial screening for bruxism and sleep disordered breathing is completed during a comprehensive examination. This is where signs can be identified and the diagnostic process is discussed.

SYMPTOMS

Airways
Snoring / Sleeps with mouth open
Large tonsils
Restless sleeper / sleeps with their neck extended back
Bed wetter
Tongue tie
Allergies
Grinds teeth
Middle ear infections – grommets or antibiotic treatments
Speech problems

Fussy eater – i.e doesn’t like chewing steak or raw carrots

Teeth
Black stains on teeth that doesn’t come off with brushing
Eats or drinks too much SUGAR
Has bottle in bed with juice, cordial or milk
Overbite
Cross bite
No gaps between baby teeth
Crowding

Loose teeth

Muscle Function (Orofacial Myology)
Dribbles
Sucks their thumb (particularly after 2yrs old)
Has a dummy (particularly after 2yrs old)
Difficulty keeping lips sealed
Resting place for the tongue is on the floor of the mouth
Mouth breathing / Open mouth posture
Headaches/Migraines and neck pain

Dental Sleep Medicine

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Medical and Sleep History
  • Soft tissue examination
  • Airway assessment
  • X-RAYS – Lateral Cephalometric / CBCT
  • Sleep Test
    • Stage I hospital stay sleep test
    • Stage II home stay sleep test

After receiving your diagnostics report, our dental team can assist the sleep dysfunctions with the following treatment options:

  • Sleep hygiene
  • Orofacial Myology
  • Custom mandibular advancement splint
  • Orthodontics
  • Other treatment options may involve a multidisciplinary approach by incorporating other medical practitioners or specialists

Are you interested to see what you do during your sleep?

Why choose AER Healthcare to do your at home sleep study? Because AER Healthcare collect extra data in their sleep studies that others do not so that you can find out more about your grinding and when it is happening during the night.

Follow the link to start your AER Healthcare Online Pretest Assessment.

  • After completing the “AER Healthcare Onine Pretest Assessment” link select ‘Submit’
    An email will be sent with the link to complete the book in.
  • Select a date you want to book the sleep study.
    This is where you will select to use ‘your own GP’ for $60 or an ‘online GP’ for $90, these costs cover the consumables and delivery to your selected address. (If you meet Medicare’s eligibility criteria the sleep study cost is bulk billed).
  • After completing the link, you will receive a confirmation email with your booking details and a link to fill in your medical history and delivery details.
  • Once you have received a booking confirmation, please call NLFSD to book a 30 minute consultation appointment with us 3 weeks after the date booked with AER for the sleep study
    Item # 014 charged at $110

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