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Sleep Dentistry/TMJ

Sydney’s Sleep Dentistry Specialists

Are you experiencing disturbed sleep due to sleep apnoea? Are you clenching and grinding your teeth through the night? You could be sufferering from bruxism At Pitt St Dental Centre, our team of experienced sleep dentists treat teeth grinding, clenching and sleep apnoea in adults. With extensive experience in sleep dentistry, we offer innovative and effective solutions that help you get a better night’s sleep.

Sleep apnoea is not as simple as just snoring, and can be scary for sufferers and their family. It is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts, and it can be due to a partial or complete obstruction of the throat while they’re sleeping. Sleep apnoea leads to disruptions throughout the night and means sufferers rarely get a good nights sleep, leaving them constantly tired.

Bruxism – or grinding or clenching can go relatively unnoticed by a patient and their family. However they may find they are getting headaches, jaw pains or even cracking or chipping your teeth. Over a period of time you can do severe damage to your teeth, as well as suffering through pain and headaches.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching Solutions

Do you find yourself grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw at night? Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding and clenching can affect your quality of sleep and result in pain during the day. In adults, bruxism is most commonly caused by excess coffee or alcohol consumption or a stressful lifestyle.

While mild cases of bruxism may not cause significant health problems, the majority of cases left untreated do. Bruxism can damage existing dental work such as crowns and veneers, and also result in cracks, chips and uneven teeth. Hearing loss and tension headaches may be experienced as well as ongoing pain in the jaw, neck, cheeks and back.

Many sufferers don’t notice bruxism until pointed out by a family member or partner, making it difficult to pick up on symptoms. Early signs can include soreness, a tight jaw, pain in the mouth and cheeks, headaches and tension.

Treating Bruxism

At Pitt St Dental Centre, our experienced sleep dentistry team work to treat bruxism. We specialise in creating custom devices, mouth guards and splints that provide relief and comfort throughout the night. Simple to use and comfortable, our mouth guards and splints give your teeth, gums and jaw time to heal and recover from repeated wear.

Focused on eliminating teeth grinding and clenching habits, most patients find that mouth guards and splints dramatically increase their quality of sleep and relieve associated pain and discomfort.

Injectable Muscle Relaxants

Used to treat bruxism, we offer injectable muscle relaxants to relieve tension in the jaw and mouth. Our experienced dentists are highly trained and specialised in facial muscles, boasting a comprehensive understanding of how to properly use injectables for pain and bruxism relief.

Injected into the jaw, the solution works to relax muscles and prevent clenching and grinding throughout the night. This results in fewer headaches and reduced pain.

Sleep Apnoea Relief

At Pitt St Dental Centre, we supply quality oral appliances to assist with sleep apnoea relief and treatment. A serious condition affecting sleep and quality of life, sleep apnoea involves restricted and halted breathing during sleep. Sleep apnoea often jolts sufferers awake as the body resumes breathing, resulting in frequently disturbed sleep and discomfort.

Comfortable Oral Appliances

For mild sufferers of sleep apnoea, Pitt St Dental Centre offers repositioning splints. The splints are able to prop the mouth in a certain way to help you breath during the night. We make fantastic, comfortable and easy to wear appliances for mild sleep apnoea. Made in Australia, they are of the highest quality and design and fit easily into the mouth to ensure you sleep easy!

Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy body, and bruxism and sleep apnoea can dramatically affect your quality of life. You may wake up with pain, headaches and feel unrested and agitated. At Pitt St Dental Centre, we offer simple and effective solutions to help you get a better night’s sleep.

With consultations and affordable payment plans available, you don’t have to put up with pain and discomfort anymore. Get started on treating your bruxism or sleep apnoea – book a consultation with the professionals at Pitt St Dental Centre today.

 

Sleep Dentistry

Not every dentist in Sydney CBD offers a range of sedation options – so if you’re concerned about dental treatment you need done, it pays to ask the question about what alternatives are offered in regards to sedation and pain management. Often referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’ in Sydney, there are many ways we can help you feel relaxed throughout your next treatment.

Sedation and Happy Gas

If you’re avoiding visiting our practice because you’re anxious about dental treatment, then using nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “happy gas”, or a deeper form of sedation, may be an option to help you relax.

Dr Cai and his team of dental professionals can offer you the simplest form of sedation, which will enable successful treatment to be given. For example, some of our patients respond well to nitrous oxide and oxygen (happy gas) while others cope better with a valium-type drug (oral sedation). Another option is to use I.V. sedation, where you are intravenously injected with drugs that relax your central nervous system, enabling treatment to be carried out whilst you still remain cognisant.

There are many methods of being sedated and Dr Cai and his team will discuss with you what treatment best suits you. Before sedation can be offered, a full medical history will be taken and we may liaise with your regular medical practitioner if necessary. In some cases, blood tests may he needed before an appointment is made.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation, also known as Relative Analgesia (RA), is administered through a nose mask making you feel warm and relaxed.

Oral Sedation

With oral sedation, you will be prescribed a medication that will make you drowsy and relaxed. This technique can also be used in conjunction with nitrous oxide for deeper sedation.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation is a technique whereby drugs are injected until the desired effect is achieved. You normally remember very little but still co-operate during treatment, waking up relaxed and calm.

 

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