Johannesburg, South Africa
Do you suffer from daytime sleepiness?
Do you wake yourself up from sleep with grasping for breath or choking?
Do you have headaches upon waking up?
Do you have a history of high blood sugar, blood pressure or thyroid disease?
Do you have trouble with gastro-esophogeal reflux or heartburn?
Do you have difficulty with falling and staying asleep?
Do you grind your teeth?
Dental sleep medicine is a specific area of dental practice that uses an oral appliance therapy to treat a variety of sleep-related disorders.
We collaborate with your sleep physician to treat sleep apnoea by providing a small, custom-made oral appliance, worn only while sleeping, that moves your jaw and tongue slightly forward, preventing your throat from closing when your muscles relax.
This device can significantly improve sleep, reduce the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, and can be especially effective for people who are intolerant of CPAP.
A “normal” Epworth Sleepiness Scale score is considered between 0 and 10. Those with scores of 11 to 24, however, are considered to have excessive daytime sleepiness.
A STOP-Bang score of 2 or less is considered low risk, and a score of 5 or more is high risk for having either moderate or severe OSA. For people who score 3 or 4
With a score above the accepted normal, further assessment is needed to determine the presence of apnoea
The most common sleep test is a home test by wearing a special device to monitor breathing during the night.
The information that is gathered is then passed on to the sleep clinician for assessment and diagnosis.
The prescribed treatment options are discussed on the basis of the sleep physician’s diagnosis and recommendations and a decision is taken. modality
Please complete the questionnaire first before continuing with the Stop Bang assessment.
Please complete the stop Bang assessment after you have submitted the ESS questionnaire.