A Dentist’s Role in Diagnosing Sleep Apnoea

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in News
A Dentist’s Role in Diagnosing Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a medical condition in which the airway closes intermittently during sleep. The resultant loss of oxygen from these short breathing pauses mean the sufferer has a disturbed night’s rest and often complains of fatigue, lethargy, poor concentration and diminished energy levels as a result. 

Persistent snoring is the main symptom of sleep apnoea and the condition must be correctly diagnosed by a doctor before treatment can begin. However, it is often a dentist who suspects sleep apnoea in a patient.

Dry mouth, jaw pain or morning headaches are all possible indicators of sleep apnoea as dry mouth often results from breathing through the mouth due to snoring. In suitable cases, a dentist can treat sleep apnoea with an oral device that keeps the air passage clear.

When snoring is persistent it could be symptomatic of sleep apnoea. Left untreated, the disorder can lead to a range of physical and mental problems including:

  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke 
  • Heart problems
  • Depression

Although a dentist can sometimes spot the condition, a doctor should always be consulted if sleep apnoea is suspected. This can even be checked at home with a home sleep test device which monitors the wearer during sleep and returns the results within days.

Do you have sleep apnoea? An in-home Sleep Test provides a quick, convenient and affordable way to have sleep apnoea confirmed. All studies are independently analysed by experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals, and use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy. 

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Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.