The first step is to book a consultation with one of our dentists, so we can determine if an Oral Appliance or orofacial myofunctional therapy would be suitable for you. We will do a clinical examination, any necessary x-rays and review your PSG (Sleep Study) or sleep screening results. We will then discuss your options and provide you with a treatment plan to move forward.
This is where we are different to the traditional dental approach. We pride ourselves on our Physiologic Approach to treating sleep apnoea and snoring. This 2 hour appointment is scheduled to take impressions, TENS therapy to relax your jaw and neck muscles and finally the Neuromuscular bite registration (a bite taken at a relaxed, neutral jaw position - confirmed using our EMG's and K7 Evaluation System).
This is the most important part of our approach, providing you with a muscle-comfortable jaw position and appliance.
After your work up, your impressions and bite registration will be sent to the lab. When it has returned from the lab 3-4 weeks after the Work Up, we will issue you the appliance, ensuring it fits comfortably and provide you with care instructions.
Another difference we have as part of the Physiologic Approach as opposed to traditional approach, is that we insist on following up the efficacy of the appliance. We do not provide you with the titration (adjustment) tool and we only adjust your appliance based on objective data. Therefore, we will ask you to do home-based follow up sleep screenings to ensure your sleep apnoea, snoring and symptoms are improving. We will adjust the appliance if necessary and follow up again, until we get you to your 'sweet spot'. We then recommend annual sleep screenings to ensure you sleep apnoea is still being managed adequately.