22 August 2018

What is a sleep study & other FAQs that Melbourne asks about sleep studies

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is essentially a recording while you sleep to measure your snoring, your efficiency in breathing, what stage of sleep you are in, your heart rate etc to see if you are sleeping effectively.
How do you do a sleep study?
A sleep study can be done overnight at a hospital, or you can take home a smaller unit and do one in your own home. 
A hospital based sleep study will have a nurse connect and monitor you all night
For a home based sleep study you will be shown how to connect it.

Why do I need a sleep study?
If you feel you are not sleeping properly over a long period of time and not sure why, or if you GP/Specialist or Dentist feels there is some abnormal activity happening in your sleep, they may ask you to have a sleep study?
 It’s a good idea to get a sleep study if you have one or more of the following
1. Consistently poor sleep
2. Difficulty waking up even after 7-8 hours of sleep
3. Difficulty falling asleep (more than 10-15 minutes)
4. Snoring
5. gasping for air when you sleep
6. Partner complaining snoring is too loud
7. Day time sleepiness
8. High BMI
9. High Blood Pressure
10. Clenching or grinding your teeth at night
11. Large neck size
For male, is your shirt collar 17 inches or larger?
For female, is your shirt collar 15 inches or larger?
12. Male over 40
13. Difficulty breathing on your back when you sleep

Does all snoring lead to sleep apnea?
All children that snore, should definitely be checked
Adults is doesn’t necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea, but if there are any other symptoms, then it should be ruled out.

What does a dentist have to do with sleep?

A lot of the time, there are signs in the mouth which link sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea to your oral health.
For example, breaking otherwise healthy teeth, wearing away of teeth, severe teeth grinding, crooked teeth (and many more)

Especially if there is a long term treatment being planned, its great to see if there are other factors which can contribute to the outcome of the work (ie: best material for the filling, how longi t will last, better outcomes for straightening teeth).

How much does it cost?

At Heidelberg Dentist we loan out our own sleep study unit which is part of the consultation cost.

This includes the sleep study unit + disposable parts, a report and consult with the Dentist.

A hospital based study cost will be depend on your hospital cover.

What happens if I have Sleep Apnea?
There are different severities of sleep apnea, Mild, Moderate, Severe and all have different treatment.  A treatment plan is customised based on your results, and can include needing to see other practicitioners (GP, Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Dietician).

I don’t want to be wearing a mouthguard or a machine for the rest of my life!
We hear you! We don’t want you to either.  At Heidelberg Dentist, we aren’t just going to forget about you once you have been given treatment options.  We aim to help you reduce your severity of sleep apnea and improve your sleep.  This means follow up appointments, and changes to your treatment plan.

What are the benefits of treating Sleep Apnea?
Oh there are so many!
1. Better sleep
2. A spouse that sleeps better because of reduction of snoring.
3. More productive during the day and less day time sleepiness
4. Dental treatment that can last longer
5. Adding up to 10-15 years to your life (for severe sleep apnea)
6. Better quality of life
7. Breathing better
8. Better overall health

What if I grind or clench my teeth?
Our sleep study units also measure this and see if your clenching or grinding is related to anxiety/stress or an airway problem.  In addition to the sleep study results, you will also have a report on your muscle clenching or grinding habits at night. At Heidelberg Dentist, we can then appropriately treat you accordingly.

What about children?
Sleep studies for children need to be done at a hospital, however our dentists can help detect and refer if they think their may be a problem.

Visit our sleep apnoea help page to understand whether you too might suffer from sleep apnoea. If you prefer to consult our dentists straight away, you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 or by booking an appointment securely online now:

Or you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 during business hours


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