Exploring dental sleep medicine
Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliances to treat sleep disordered breathing, including snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). As part of a multi-disciplinary team, we encourage dentists and sleep physicians to work together in the treatment of those patients being prescribed an oral appliance.
Research proves repeatedly that poor sleep quality impacts on quality of life. At SomnoMed®, we strongly believe that dentists can have an impact on patients’ quality of sleep by treating their OSA with a SomnoDent oral appliance.
To develop your dental sleep medicine practice and for information about dental sleep medicine course, please contact SomnoMed UK.
Advantages of digital scanning in the dental practice
The SomnoMed® range of oral appliances for the treatment of OSA incorporates the latest, most advanced technology in digital design and manufacturing to give the ultimate in fit and comfort.
For dental sleep providers to benefit from this technology, intraoral scanning to capture the patient’s impressions is becoming essential.
Although intraoral scanning is a relatively new innovation in UK dentistry, it is proving very helpful in Dental Sleep Medicine. Patients with a sensitive gag reflex no longer have to suffer impression trays and material and it provides a seamless delivery to the laboratory.
SomnoDent® devices in the UK are compatible with the scans of Trios, iTero, Carestream, 3M True Definition and more.
“I have been using my Somnomed® device for about two years now. It has completely improved the quality of sleep that I get and consequently certain aspects of my life for the better.
On the rare occasion that I forget to put it in the device my sleep deteriorates immediately. It’s invaluable.” Read more
“Having suffered jaw and tooth pain over several months and following several appointments with my GP and regular dentist to no avail, I asked April (dentist) if she could give me a second opinion. After careful consultation April suggested that sleep apnoea and teeth grinding might be behind the issues and recommended a Somnomed® device to wear at night. Read more
“My name is Simon Wilsdon I am a general dentist in York with a special interest in dental sleep medicine. Over several years I have experienced mild sleep apnoea and, unfortunately for my wife, loud snoring. I have tried several different mandibular advancement devices over the years. These have given initial improvement but nothing long lasting and were uncomfortable over time. After investigating different options, I decided to give the new SomnoMed® Avant™ appliance a try. Read more
Mohammed was diagnosed with Severe Sleep Apnoea in 2018.
“For the first year after my diagnosis, I had a CPAP machine in the home, but I really struggled with it, due to the anxiety of the mask being on my face all night. When I saw my Sleep Consultant, I was advised that I should not drive, and my driving license has now been revoked for more than 2 years. I have a family at home, with four children, so having no driving license has really affected our day-to-day lives. Little things like food shopping and trips out are much more difficult. Read more
Like many people, l became aware that l was snoring during the night and feeling tired in the morning. This led me down the route of seeing my GP who felt l may have obstructive sleep apnoea and referred me to the hospital for further tests. There, l was given the Epworth Sleep Study questionnaire to complete which indicated l had daytime sleepiness but not severely. However further investigation was necessary and an overnight hospital stay was arranged where l had a sleep study conducted. Read more
Find out what our patients faced
Stories of how sleep apnoea affected their lives.