According to the Sleep Health Foundation, more than 1.5 million Australians suffer from sleep apnoea. This is a condition where the air passage in the throat becomes obstructed during sleep, intermittently affecting the ability to breathe. Many more are unaware they have the life-threatening condition. Partners and family members are also often greatly affected as they miss out on vital sleep at night.
How we can help
Until recently, sleep apnoea sufferers have had limited (and inconvenient) treatment options. These have included large and obtrusive nasal masks or bulky Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines.
But at Bellevue Hill Dental, we use a groundbreaking medical mouthguard, pioneered by Brisbane dentist Dr Chris Hart. The Oventus Clearway DeviceTM (O2VentTM T) is a 3D lightweight titanium mouthguard that helps oxygen flow through to the back of the throat. bypassing nasal, soft palate and tongue obstructions. The O2VentTM T offers an easy and transportable everyday solution. It’s also able to connect with a CPAP machine if a more advanced treatment is required.
To find out more about this innovative solution, check out this interview in the Daily Telegraph with Bellevue Hill Dental’s own Dr David Digges.
Interested in finding out more? Speak to one of our dentists.