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Sleep Test FAQs
How much does a sleep test cost? How can my test be bulk billed?
Sleep Tests at many Sleep Clinics can cost upwards of $400.
At Lullaby Sleep, if you meet the following criteria, you are eligible for a Bulk-Billed (no cost) Sleep Test.
To be eligible for a Bulk-Billed sleep test, you must be:
- 18 years or over
- Hold a current Australian Medicare or DVA card.
- Not had a medicare claimed Home Sleep Test in the last 12 months. (if you had a hospital sleep test, means you are still eligible for a home sleep test as well).
- Provide minimum 8 hours recorded data
- Have a valid referral from your Primary Doctor (GP/Family Doctor), Dentist or Specialist Doctor (e.g. Cardiologist, Psychiatrist, etc)
The test can also be paid for privately, or for people who are not eligible to claim a Medicare Bulk Billed test (e.g 14 years and over or already had a medicare sleep test within the last 12 months).
Tests can be picked up from our Clinics, or we can arrange for the test to be sent to your home or work.
(If you like to have your sleep test posted to you, there is an administration and postage fee does apply approx $99. This covers postage to you and return to us, and insurance during postage.)
Do I need a referral from my doctor? (And which doctor?)
As part of the Medicare Bulk Billed eligible critera, a referral from medical healthcare professional is required. Such as your primary doctor (GP/Family Doctor), Dentist or Specialist Doctor (e.g. Cardiologist, ENT, Psychiatrist, etc.)
Please note referrals from Dietitians, Chiropractors, Psychologist are not recognised by Medicare, and you will need to visit with your primary doctor (GP/Family Doctor)
How long does it take to get results from a sleep study?
A sleep test can usually take about 1-2 weeks to be completed and ready to go. Some tests can be interpreted and ready sooner if there is an urgent need.
Can you watch TV during a sleep study?
Once you have put the Sleep Test on, you can read, relax or even watch television before going to sleep. We encouraged you to follow your normal pre-bedtime sleep ritual then drift off as they would at home. We do ask that when you do go to sleep, you turn your tv off, or set a sleep timer on your tv to automatically turn off.
What can I expect from a Sleep Test?
Electrodes on wires are attached with paste to your head and body—the process is completely painless—to monitor your brain waves, rapid eye movements, oxygen levels, breathing patterns, respiratory efforts, snoring, heart rate, and more.
Can I sleep on my side during a sleep study?
Our goal is to collect the best data we can about you while you sleep. To do this, we will want to see you sleep in your usual positions.
Why is the sleep test done?
If your doctor suggests you undergo a sleep test (or as it is called a polysomnography), you may be wondering what is involved in this test and what to expect. Sleep tests help doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, and nighttime behaviors like sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder. Often these disorders cannot be identified with a normal office visit—your doctor needs to gather more conclusive evidence while you’re asleep.
A sleep test is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor you while you sleep to see what’s happening in your brain and body. For this test, you take a kit home and set up the Sleep test leads on you and sleep in the comfort of your own bed.
The data from your sleep test will usually be taken by a technologist, and later evaluated by your doctor. This may take up to two weeks, when you’ll schedule a follow up to discuss the results.
Home Vs Hospital Sleep Tests. Are home sleep tests accurate?
One of the biggest differences between home sleep tests (level 2) and Hospital in-lab (level 1) sleep tests is the location at which they take place.
Home Sleep Tests have been around for many years, and are exactly what they sound like: sleep tests that are taken from the comfort of one’s own home. For a home sleep test, the user usually comes into the sleep clinic the day of the test to pick up the Sleep Test kit and is given a demonstration on how to use the machine properly before taking the equipment home. Testing is performed by the user, and the data stored on the equipment is uploaded the following day at the sleep clinic.
For a Hospital in-lab sleep test, the patient must come into the hospital or facility for an overnight study. Patients generally arrive between 8-9 p.m. to fill out paper work and be given an overview of the procedure by a polysomnographic technologist. Patients will have to spend the night in the facility as the test usually concludes around 6-7 a.m.
Some locations offer a level 3 Sleep Test. These tests are not covered by Medicare or any Private Health Fund. They are only used to look at oxygen levels in the blood. Some may include breathing rhythm as well. Your Sleep Doctor will advise if this level of testing is ok for you.
Where do I place the thorax chest belt?
The thorax chest belt is placed under your arms and across your chest.
If you are female, it is recommended to place the belt over the top of your breasts.
Sleep Physician Consult FAQs
How long will my appointment take with the Sleep Physician?
First appointments take approximately (30-60 minutes) – One of Lullaby Sleep’s experienced Sleep Specialists will take a full medical history, focusing on Sleep Disorders in particular. They will conduct a physical examination as relevent to your sleep condition. They will then discuss with you your diagnosis and the management approach. This might require a sleep test which they will organise and/or a particular treatment. Most treatments can be provided by Lullaby Sleep if needed, adding to your convenience and ensuring co-ordinated medical Specialist care.
- To help reduce your wait time, Lullaby Sleep offers online patient registration forms.
Follow up appointments take approximately (20-30 minutes)
Am I eligible for a Medicare Rebate after seeing the Sleep Physician?
There is a Private Fee applicable prior to seeing our Sleep Physician and to be eligible for a Medicare Rebate after your consultation you will need the following:
- Valid Australian Medicare or DVA card
- Be within Australia at time of Consult
- Have a valid referral from your Primary Doctor (GP/Family Doctor) or Medical Specialist (e.g. Cardiologist, Psychiatrist, Neurologist, etc)
Your Medicare Rebate may take up to 2-5 business days to reach your account following your appointment.
We also provide the following:
- Insurance / Workers Claim appointments
What should I expect from the Video Conference / Telehealth appointment?
Why do we do video conferences?
Video consults save you time, travel, money, and a lot of advanced planning around work and family responsibilities.
They are also more relaxing for everyone.
How do we make a video conference happen?
Video consultation is actually quite simple to do.
There are two easy methods to schedule a video consult . . .
- The “any time” method: we start with a phone call to make sure the time is convenient for you.Then we send an email to you with a link that you click, which opens up a video screen on your computer or tablet.
(Mobile phones also work, but definitely not the preferred video method as the small screen can distort and be quite off-putting)
- The “fixed time” method: between us we decide on a day and time for the consult. Beforehand we send an email with the link you need, and at the agreed time you click the link and we start consulting
Where do we have our video conference?
For the most productive conversations, you need to be in a private, quiet area or room, and preferably without other people around.
Consultations are easiest if you are sitting at a table or desk, and not having to hold the screen, tablet or laptop.
Consults involving actual products need you to have the equipment on hand, and other necessities close by (power, machine etc)
We find that actually doing the process has a higher retention factor than just talking you through it.
What can we do on a video conference?
Almost anything you wish to discuss can be done by video conference, including equipment setups and training
You are virtually sitting across the table from one of our highly trained staff, clinicians, doctors or sleep physicians, depending on what the discussion is about.
Almost everything is possible, especially if the discussion is pre-planned, and any required equipment has been forwarded to you in advance.
What if I can't make my appointment?
VIDEO CONFERENCE / TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENT
Planning a telehealth clinic involves a lot of coordination. If you are unable to attend, please phone us, as soon as possible.
Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care at all times. We will do our best to ensure that the care we provide is of the highest possible standard.
If we can assist you further prior to your telehealth appointment, please contact us on 1300 375 384
What is Sleep Apnea? How to read my Sleep Test Report?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea.
When you go to sleep, your muscles relax, and they also relax at the back of your throat, causing the airway to narrow making it hard to breathe. After 10 seconds, this also reduces the amount of oxygen getting into your body through your lungs. Your body detects you have a low amount of oxygen in your body and it tells the heart to beat faster (increased heart rate), which also increases your blood pressure (BP).
- Throat closes up (minimum 10 seconds, some people can be longer or minutes)
- Oxygen Levels Lower
- Heart Rate Increases
- Blood Pressure Increases
Your body then struggles to cope with the lack of oxygen and then tells the brain to wake up or go to a lighter stage of sleep. This is known as an arousal. Some people notice this cause they might wake gasping for air.
The whole process can happen many many times a night, and lead to long term effects on your body, such as:
- High Blood pressure,
- Brain Issues, such as Stroke or Mental Health Issues (poor concentration, memory issues, mood disorders, tiredness etc)
- Heart Problems (Arrhythmias, clots)
- Unbalanced Hormone levels (such as unstable diabetes)
- Kidney Problems (going to the toilet a lot at night)
The Sleep Breathing Disorders are characterised by the following events (types): (and yes, most people can experience all of them at some stage of the night, question is how many times is it happening?)
- Snoring, where the soft muscle tissue at the back of the throat collapses about 5-10% of the airway, allowing the muscle tissue to vibrate and create a sound when air passes over them.
- Hypopnea, when the soft muscle tissue collapses 50%, causing the oxygen level to be affected.
- Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax 100% and no oxygen can get into your body.
- Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing (diaphragm), causing your airway to be open, though no air is being moved in and out of your lungs.
What is AHI?
AHI stands for Apnea Hyponea Index, and measures how many Obstructive Sleep Apnea (A) and Hyponex (H) happen per hour on average.
AHI can also be known as your Sleep Apnea Event Score.
How many times is your airway affected by Sleep Apnea?
AHI 0 - 5 = Normal
AHI 6 - 15 = Mild Sleep Apnea
AHI 16 - 30 = Moderate Sleep Apnea
AHI 31 - 60 = Severe Sleep Apnea
AHI 60+ = Very Severe Sleep Apnea
SpO2 / Oxygen Levels
How much Oxygen is in your body. Also known as SpO2 Level.
SpO2 Level 95% or higher is normal
SpO2 Level below 90% can affect your body.
Pre-cautions before starting CPAP. Please discuss any of these with your Sleep Doctor or Sleep Therapist prior to starting
If you suffer from any of the following pre-existing conditions please consult your Sleep Doctor before using this device for advice:
- severe bullous lung disease
- pathologically low blood pressure
- cerebrospinal fluid leak, recent cranial surgery, or trauma
- heart failure
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- using opioids for chronic pain management
What is CPAP Therapy? Fixed Vs Auto
There are several types of sleep therapy machines, but a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is the most common. A CPAP machine sends a constant flow of airway pressure to your throat to ensure that your airway stays open during sleep, effectively treating the spontaneous pauses in breath associated with sleep apnea.
APAP (Automatic CPAP) machines works the same way as CPAP but with the added benefit that the sleep apnea machine automatically adjusts the pressurised air through the CPAP mask, on a breath by breath basis, to blow the minimum pressure needed to keep your airway open during sleep. This provides you with the ideal pressure throughout the entire night. An added benefit to this is that the sleep apnea machine automatically adjusts its pressure to your changing needs. For example – if you lose weight or sleep on your back then change to your side.
APAP machines can do dual modes (Fixed or Automatic Pressure range). A fixed pressure is a constant pressure value all night (e.g. 10cmH20 all night), an automatic pressure range can have a minimum and a maximum value and the machine works out which pressure you need at that time of the night.
Benefits of CPAP Therapy
CPAP improvements include:
- Breathing and snoring issues are reduced / eliminated
- Improved quality of sleep, not waking as much during the night.
- Reduced daytime drowsiness and tiredness, especially in mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.
- Improvement in health conditions like cardiovascular problems.
- Improve blood pressure both during daytime and night.
- Increased attention, and better concentration during day.
- Less trips to the toilet at night.
- Improved overall health and general well being.
What Pressure do I need?
Traditionally you would stay overnight at a hospital and a Sleep Technician would connect you to a CPAP machine and increase and decrease the pressure through the night, till they found what pressure level you needed to keep your airway open. This was done as there were no Automatic Adjusting CPAP machines invented at this time. All CPAP machines initially were a single fixed pressure machine.
The current modern practice is to use a machine for a few nights to allow the Sleep Therapist to work out a 95% pressure for you, and then set the machine to the fixed pressure. Some patients are able to tolerate a fixed pressure, though many find it uncomfortable, opting to stay on the Automatic pressure with a personalised tailored pressure range.
E.g. Mr. Johns uses an Automatic machine initially with a minimum 4cmH2O and max 20cmH2O, then after a few days, the Sleep Therapist adjusts the pressures to suit Mr John to increase his comfort level.
Which mask do I need?
There are a range of masks available. The right mask is all about being comfortable and a great seal.
Masks are much like shoes. They come in a range of shapes, sizes and styles. Like new shoes, you have to break them in to get used to them. Acclimatising to wearing a mask could be as soon as the next morning, a few days or even a few weeks.
To be honest, no Sleep Doctor or Sleep Therapist or other CPAP User will know which mask is 100% perfect the first time, though we are close with 95% of the time. Since you are the person wearing the mask, we suggest trying 2-3 masks the first week, to help find a good comfortable fit for you. CPAP Therapy is all about tailoring the therapy to suit you!
Though there are some Golden Rules to help find the right mask for you:
- Try nasal pillow or nasal mask first. Sleep Doctors usually recommend a Full Face Mask first, if you have severe nasal airflow obstruction and unable to breathe through your nose at all. Your partner might advise that you breathe through your mouth at night, though unless you have a blocked nasal passage, a nasal mask can work well. It is also less to wear, and quicker to get comfortable with. With Sleep Apnea, if you can't get the air into your lungs, your body will at times open your mouth to help try to get more air in.
- Try it for at least 2 nights. Usually the first night is to get used to wearing a mask and adjust for any leaks. The second night allows you to evaluate the comfort better.
- Ask your Sleep Therapist for guidance. If you are unsure at any stage about your mask or the fitting, ask your Sleep Therapist as they are an encyclopedia of knowledge and handy tips to get a better seal and comfort from your mask, or guide you on a better fitting mask.
Things to remember while using a CPAP machine
- Mask size/style: CPAP masks are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, depending on individual needs. Find the perfect fit and style for you, to feel comfortable. Some people might feel claustrophobic in masks that cover the full face, and thus may opt for nasal pillows, as they cover less of your face. Also, different styles may have different size charts, so it is always good to check the fitting, before buying the product.
- Tolerance for forced air: Beginners may find difficulty in getting used to the forced air from a CPAP device. In such cases, it is advised to switch to the ‘ramp’ feature, as this setting has low-pressure air to make you tolerant to the technique.
- Stuffy nose: This can be due to a leaking or broken mask, so make sure you test your device properly.
- Dry mouth: This is a result of breathing through your mouth which can worsen while using a CPAP machine. In such cases, a chin strap helps in keeping your mouth closed, and reduce leakage of air while you use a nasal mask.
- A noisy CPAP machine: The newer CPAP machines are comparatively a lot less noisy. However, if you find the sound irritating, it can be due to a jammed filter. Always check that the filter is clean, and nothing is blocking the path of air in it, that might contribute to the sound.
What is the benefit of trying before buying?
The only benefit is to allow you to test drive the equipment to find the right machine and mask before you commit to buying.
Regardless if you rent or buy a CPAP machine, your first time using a CPAP machine, you will still need at least a week of personalised Sleep Therapist support to tailor the machine settings and help you find the right mask fit to make your therapy comfortable.
Though with modern technology in CPAP machines today, the top of the range CPAP machines and masks are manufactured by ResMed and Fisher&Paykel.
CPAP buyer beware! Things you should know before buying illegal imports from overseas
- When an overseas entity has no ABN and is ineligible for a ‘.com.au’ website.
- Your private health fund will NOT pay out any benefit on machines bought through overseas websites.
- ResMed machines shipped from overseas are made in Singapore NOT Australia, and are different models to those sold in Australia.
- None of these models from overseas have Therapeutics Goods of Australia (TGA) approval here in Australia.
- There are no Australian manufacturers warranties on these devices. Meaning you are not covered if anything goes wrong with your machine through the Australian supplies.
- The communications and remote monitoring services (Wifi) also don’t work.
Sleep apnea is serious & support is vital for maintaining quality of life.
Make sure you are getting the right machine, as some might seem cheaper, cause they lack some features. CPAP Machines are like cars, they come in a range of models from a base model (fixed pressure) to the standard model (Auto) to the sports model (Deluxe).
You will probably find that it is cheaper for you to buy locally and get your health fund rebate, than it is to buy an illegal offshore import with no warranty or support whilst forfeiting your right to make a claim with your health fund.
What are my options if I want to buy or rent longer?
- Short & Long term rental options
- No Interests Payment Plans (e.g. HummmShop, Afterpay, OpenPay)
Ask our Sleep Therapists for more details about any rental and purchase options.
Am I eligible and how can I claim my Private Health Insurance Rebates
Firstly, you will need to contact your Private Health Fund directly and check if your Health Insurance covers CPAP equipment.
There is no specific code for CPAP, though advise your health fund to check this is under your ancillary extras plan.
If you are eligible, then you will need the following information. Which we can help you with.
- Sleep Test Report
- Sleep Doctor Insurance Approval Letter
- Paid Invoice for your CPAP Equipment
What other cost savings can I claim?
Depending on the State you live in and your Electricity company, you may be eligible for the life support rebate program. Which provides a daily discount on your electricity bill.
Once you have your purchased your own CPAP machine, please ask our Sleep Therapists to assist filling in the paperwork for you.
I am ready to start my CPAP Trial. What do I need to do, and what will happen during my first week of COAO Therapy?
- Read and sign the Equipment Hire Agreement.
- Provide Security Details for hiring the CPAP equipment.
- Pay for your CPAP Trial.
If you decided to purchase your equipment from us initially and need some masks to trial, let us know by calling 1300 375 384.
Once we receive all the above information, your equipment will be posted to your address or ready for you to pick up.
Once you have your equipment you will also receive a welcome email, showing you how to set up your equipment and how to fit your masks. Remember if you need help or get stuck on anything, contact us (phone or email, even carrier pigeon or smoke signals) so we can help!
Our Sleep Therapists will contact you the next day (either phone call, or SMS or email) to see how you are going with your CPAP therapy, so we can make any adjustments as needed to tailor the therapy to you. They will contact you a few times over the week.
If you need assistance at any stage, please call us on 1300 375 384 during business hours or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we have tailored the CPAP Therapy to suit you (e.g. worked out which mask fits and is comfortable and have the right pressure settings) Then you are ready to continue with your CPAP Therapy long term. (If you are renting, talk to us about purchase options or long term rental options).
Tailoring the CPAP Therapy to suit you, can take a few days, to a few weeks. Most people find their grove within a week or two.
My Hire Equipment was posted to me. How do I send it back if needed?
We will provide you with a return large pre-paid post bag for you to put all the loan equipment in.
We also provided you with a smaller pre-paid post bag, to return any extra masks you don't use if you hold onto the machine for longer than a week.
Dental Devices FAQs
How does MAS/MAD work?
Oral appliances are also called mandibular advancement splints (MAS) or mandibular advancement devices (MAD) and there are many types, not all of which are equally effective. The usual oral appliance consists of a “mouth guard” fitted to both the top teeth and the bottom teeth and then joined together in such a way that the bottom teeth end up in front of the top teeth. Pushing the bottom jaw forward in most people opens up the airway and supports it so that it is less likely to collapse, in this way helping to reduce either the number or severity of the apnea events. For most people, advancing the jaw by about 3 to 8mm is enough to make a difference but this amount may need to be adjusted if it is not effective or if you find it too uncomfortable. There are other types of oral appliances including tongue retaining devices but mandibular advancement splints are the most commonly used.
How does MAS compare to CPAP?
CPAP is seen as the gold standard, as it is able to pressurise the airway to ensure maximum efficiency is reached in treating Sleep Apnea and provide real-time data. However, in some people, oral appliances can treat almost all the apnea events but in others, they do not work very well. Oral appliances are considered successful if they reduce the number of apnea events by at least 50% and if the number of events remaining is less than 20 each hour. This amount of treatment success is not comparable to CPAP where in most people the number of events is reduced to less than 5 each hour but it may be enough to help with the symptoms and risk factors associated with sleep apnea. However, if you have given CPAP your best effort and try, and you cannot use CPAP all night. Then the use of an oral appliance is a reasonable alternative.
Are dental MAS comfortable?
A properly fitted oral appliance should not cause lasting discomfort to your teeth or gums.
The main problems experienced are in the area were poorly fitted oral appliances are inserted, and pushing the bottom jaw forward is inevitably a little uncomfortable and around 40% of people report some discomfort, the jaw pivots, called the temporomandibular joint. This is a bony structure in front of your ear. Prolonged protrusion of the jaw may cause this to ache but if the device is fitted correctly, any ache should soon disappear when you take the appliance out in the morning. Other problems reported by some people are tooth tenderness and excessive saliva formation. Many people find that an oral appliance is both more comfortable and more convenient than CPAP.
Do Dental MAS work for everyone?
Everyone is different and everyone has different shaped faces and different airways. Although oral appliances will work to some extent for most people their success is variable and the fitting and subsequent assessment of success should always be undertaken with the guidance of a sleep physician or a dentist who specialises in the use of oral appliances to treat sleep apnea. It may be necessary to have another sleep study with your oral appliance in place to check on its success. Although your sleep specialist cannot be certain, there are a number of pointers to when an oral appliance has a good or bad chance of success.
The following are bad pointers to treatment success:
- If you have no teeth or very poor dental structure there may not be enough sound teeth for the splint to attach to and it may be impossible to make a successful device.
- If you have a very stiff jaw joint, you may not be able to achieve the necessary advancement.
- If you are very overweight then an oral appliance is less likely to be successful and CPAP is the better choice
- If you have very severe sleep apnea even reducing the number of events by 50% may not be enough to help with your symptoms or risk factors. CPAP is preferred.
- If you have a more complicated form of sleep apnea, such as central sleep apnea which can occur more commonly in people with heart failure or a stroke, an oral appliance will almost certainly not work.
Your sleep specialist will be the best person to advise on this.
The following are good pointers to MAS Treatment success:
- If your sleep apnea is mild or moderate in severity, perhaps with 20 or 30 events per hour then an oral appliance might be a good alternative to CPAP.
- If your sleep apnea is a lot better when you lie on your side rather than your back there is a suggestion that an oral appliance could be successful.
- If you have a bottom jaw that tends to recede a little, this can cause sleep apnea and may be the ideal shaped face for an oral appliance to be successful.
- If you are using CPAP and want to look at Dental Device and your CPAP pressure is less than 8cmH20 most the night.
I'm already on CPAP. Can I swap to MAS?
Every patient is an individual situation, as Dental MAS may be a great option and for some, it may not be effective. It is best to talk to our Sleep Physician’s to discuss if MAS is a suitable alternative or backup.
Many CPAP patients find that MAS are a great travel option instead of travelling with a CPAP machine. However, there are now smaller, lighter, travel CPAP machines available for this option as well.
If your CPAP pressure is very high or you wear a Full Face CPAP Mask, then a MAS may be a great support device for your CPAP Therapy. MAS help to keep the jaw in alignment, and reduce the need for high CPAP pressures, and also can help to not use a full face CPAP mask, and use a nasal CPAP Mask with a MAS device.
How to obtain a Dental MAS
The best way to get appropriate treatment for sleep apnoea is to obtain a referral from your GP to a sleep specialist who will assess your sleep apnoea and all the factors that might impact on treatment and advise on the appropriate course of action. This will probably involve a home sleep test. Most sleep specialists will advise a trial of CPAP because it is very effective, but if you cannot use CPAP they will consider a referral to a dentist who specialises in oral appliances. Most dentists prefer that you have tried CPAP before committing to an oral appliance.
There are a number of different appliances on the market in Australia and your dentist will advise on the most appropriate for you. The fitting of the appliance generally requires an impression of your teeth to be taken before the appliance is customized to your jaw. The dentist will then adjust it to get the most advancement possible without causing discomfort. The whole process may take a couple of weeks and the overall cost of the device varies but in most cases is around $1500-$2000 with some health insurance funds providing rebates. Once made for you there is no way that the appliance can be returned or used for anyone else so it is best to be sure that everything is done correctly.
Buying Dental Devices over the internet or from pharmacies
A number of cheaper appliances are available for purchase over the counter or from the internet. Very few of these are recommended and best to check with your Sleep Specialist or Dentist prior.
There are cheaper Dental MAS to give you an idea of how effective the therapy may work for you. Please note they are bulky and a one-size-fits-all. They are usually advised to wear for a month or two to evaluate the effectiveness and then look at arranging a more custom fitted Dental MAS.
It is very important that the device that you are going to use for a long period of time to treat a serious medical problem is properly manufactured and that it works for you. Proving that it works may require a sleep test to be repeated. Appropriate long-term follow-up with your dentist or sleep specialist is also strongly recommended.
Do Dental MAS devices treat snoring?
If your problem is not sleep apnea but just that you snore and snoring is causing distress to you or your family, an oral appliance may be a solution. An oral appliance, properly fitted, is usually quite effective in stopping or reducing snoring. Whilst snoring may seem like a less important medical condition it is still important to have it managed properly because it may be a pointer to more serious sleep apnea.
Ongoing care of dental devices
It is important to look after your oral appliance to get the maximum life out of the device and ensure that it works effectively. Just like your teeth, plaque can accumulate on an oral appliance overnight.
- Brushing and flossing your teeth before bed should help to minimise this.
- Careful cleaning of the oral appliance should also be carried out daily.
- Leave it out to dry completely.
- Make sure it is kept well out of the reach of children or pets because there are many examples where dogs have chewed an oral appliance.
If you think your appliance is not working so well, either because you are starting to snore again or you feel tired in the daytime, it is important to go and get it checked out. Depending on the type of appliance, your dentist may simply be able to adjust it. Some people find that the oral appliance comes out during the night. This may be a sign that it does not fit properly and a trip to your dentist is required.