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COVID-19 Update

To all our dental gallery patients.

The current global situation is an extremely challenging time for each and every one of us. We would like to inform you that we are still open, but our operating hours have changed. The ADA (Australian Dental Association) together with the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) have recommended that ALL dental practices implement Level 3 Restrictions.

What does Level 3 Restrictions mean for you our patients?

  1. All routine examinations and treatments will be deferred. (As many of you know we have cancelled your appointments and are continuing to do so for the coming weeks)
  2. Only emergency dental treatment will be provided.

We would like to reassure you that the dental gallery is an Accredited dental practice and already maintains a very high standard of infection control. In addition, we have implemented even stricter procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of our staff and patients.

Please understand that we have decided to remain open and can be contactable via phone. We are committed to continue to provide you the best care we can under the current circumstances. We are constantly keeping abreast of the new recommendations relating to COVID-19 and will make sure we keep you updated on any relevant developments. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook so you can be informed of these developments.

We also hope that during this time you stay positive, be there for your family, protect your children and your parents, social distance, eat healthy and cherish the gift of today- The Present!

With all our love to you and your family,

The dental gallery team.

Health Sleep, Healthy Ageing

Health Sleep, Healthy Ageing

World Sleep Day March 15 2019
This year world sleep day focuses on the importance of sleep and ageing. With ageing, changes in our body clock and hormonal changes can cause increased sleepiness earlier in the day. In addition the production of melatonin (a natural hormone that promotes sleep) is reduced and we can find it harder to fall off to sleep at a normal sleep time.

Medical conditions like Parkinson disease, waking at night to urinate, indigestion and lung diseases such as asthma or COPD can affect sleep. The drugs used to treat these conditions may also interfere with sleep. Mood disorders like anxiety and depression can both interfere with getting to sleep as well as cause wakefulness during the night.
At least 1 in 4 older people have sleep apnoea or periodic limb movement disorder. These problems can also disturb the sleep of your bed partner.

What can I do to improve my sleep?

  • It is very important to keep regular sleep hours. So try to go to bed at about the same time every night and get out of bed about the same time every morning. Avoid sleeping in, even if you have had a poor night’s sleep and are tired.
  • Don’t go to bed too early and try to only spend the time in bed that you actually need for sleeping. If you happen to wake early, think about getting out of bed and starting your day.
  • Exposure to sunlight during the morning and late afternoon also help your body clock.
  • Day time exercise (preferably outdoors) will help you to get sleepier at night.
  • Avoid eating and drinking alcohol 3hrs (preferably 4hrs) prior to bedtime.
  • Naps late in the afternoon or lasting longer than 15-20 minutes can affect your sleep. An afternoon nap may help your energy levels but may also interfere with sleeping at night and are best avoided.

Talk to a medical professional if you have persistent sleep problems, that affect your daytime wellbeing and energy or you are always feeling sleepy during the day. Neither of these is a normal result of ageing and help is available.

It is important to remember that your sleep needs and patterns change as you age. Focusing on your sleep is as important as looking after your diet and exercising.

Sleep Wrecked Kids by Sharon Moore – An Overview

Sleep Wrecked Kids by Sharon Moore – An Overview

I am sure most parents can relate to the title of this book, as 25%- 40% of all children suffer from some form of sleep disturbance. In “Sleep Wrecked Kids” Sharon Moore starts from ground up by addressing a simple question, “What is good sleep”? Not surprisingly, most people don’t know and at the end of the day, when your child has not slept, most people do whatever it takes.

Designed for parents, her book goes on to provide an overview of common sleep disorders that can affect children. It outlines some behaviours that a sleep deprived child may exhibit. Sharon outlines some red flags that a parent can identify – sleep, behavioural, environment, airway, medical, myofunctional and dental red flags. She provides parents with simple yet effective, charts and questions that they can use to evaluate their own child prior to seeing professional advice.

The book provides some practical routine tips to help parents improve their child’s sleep. It then goes on to introduce medical, dental and allied health practitioners who you as a parent can consult for further advice.
Remember if you as a parent have trouble sleeping, then your child may not sleep well.

Sharon’s insights and positive practical solutions to improve sleep are invaluable to everyone. If you have a child who has a sleeping problem, don’t delay, have a read today. You will not be disappointed.
Visit the following website to order as well as access to free resources to get you started today.

Moore, S. (2018). Sleep wrecked kids: Helping parents raise happy, healthy kids, one sleep at a time

Oventus O2 Vent for Snoring & Sleep Apnoea – Available in Point Cook

Oventus O2 Vent for Snoring & Sleep Apnoea – Available in Point Cook

Oventus O2 Vent for Snoring and Sleep Apnoea – Now Available in Point Cook, Melbourne

We are proud to announce that we are an accredited provider of Oventus oral appliances, including the Oventus O2Vent.

What is the difference between the Oventus O2Vent and other oral devices?

Like all oral appliances that bring the jaw forward, the O2Vent stabilises the jaw position and brings the tongue forward to reduce airway collapse. In addition, the unique airway allows for breathing through the device, so you can bypass any nasal or soft tissue obstruction, which can contribute to snoring and sleep-disordered breathing.

Some Benefits of the Oventus O2Vent:

1. Airway

The O2VentTM has an enclosed airway about the size of a healthy human nose incorporated into it. Air is delivered through the enclosed airway to the back of the mouth so patients can breathe through the device if they have a blocked nose, soft palate collapse or are mouth breathers.

2. Small & Streamlined

The O2Vent is 3D printed in medical grade titanium which facilitates its lightweight, thin wall and complex hollow structure incorporating its unique airway design. This allows us to build an airway into a more streamlined device that is less than 5mm thick which is about the size of a standard mouthguard.

3. Lightweight

The uniquely-designed mouthguard weighs approximately 35 grams.

4. Comfort

The O2Vent is lined with a medical grade, polymer liner to maximise patient comfort. The design of this customised device comfortably fits around your teeth, and provides ample space to accommodate the tongue.

Proof that the Oventus device works

An Oventus clinical trial showed that 100 per cent of patients experienced a significant reduction in snoring. In this study, 82% of patients eliminated snoring completely and 76% of patients reduced their sleep apnoea by more than half. (Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, Vol 4 No.3 July 2017.

How do I know if I am a candidate?

Whether you snore, or have more severe sleep-disordered breathing, you are likely to benefit from the O2VentTM. The O2VentTM is particularly helpful for people with nasal obstruction.

Is it suitable for a mouth breather or patients with nasal congestion?

Yes. The O2VentTM does not prevent you from breathing through the nose, but provides an additional airway within the device to create a low resistance airway to breathe through the device. Although counterintuitive, the O2Vent actually prevents oral breathing. Oventus clinical trial data showed that compliance with treatment did not appear to be reduced by the presence of nasal congestion. (Lavery et al. Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine Vol.4 No.3 July 2017)

Do I need to do a sleep study?

Sleep physicians recommend a sleep study before any oral appliance is prescribed. A diagnosis from a sleep study is necessary to be eligible for any private health insurance rebates

What is involved in getting an O2Vent?

To obtain an O2VentTM, the process is relatively simple. A Digital scan is taken of your teeth. It takes around four weeks to manufacture and deliver your custom-made mouthguard.

If you have any further questions on the Oventus O2Vent, please contact us on (03) 9395 8338.

The 3Shape TRIOS 3D Scanner- Quick, Convenient Intraoral Imaging

The 3Shape TRIOS 3D Scanner- Quick, Convenient Intraoral Imaging

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The 3Shape TRIOS 3D Scanner- Quick, Convenient Intraoral Imaging

At the dental gallery, we are always looking at ways of providing our patients with the highest quality and most convenient dental experience possible. For this reason, we have invested in the latest 3Shape TRIOS 3D Scanner at our Point Cook practice.

This small hand-held scanning tool and camera conveniently and comfortably scans the inside of your mouth while you are sitting in the dental chair. We can quickly produce accurate high resolution images of your teeth, palate and gums, then email the “images” to any lab for making aligners, retainers, dental implants, orthodontic appliances, night guards, sleep apnoea appliances, crowns and bridges.

Traditionally, dental impressions can be messy, uncomfortable for some people, cause gagging and can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

People are often impressed by the speed at which it scans the surface of the teeth and gums and displays an enlarged, realistic portrayal of all sides and angles of the teeth and gums. The result is an incredibly detailed digital impression that shows an enlarged version of what the dentist sees during an examination.

What Happens During a 3Shape TRIOS Scan?

The 3Shape TRIOS scanner is used while you are seated comfortably in a chair.
This hand-held scanner means that you do not need to hold your mouth open for extended periods of time as we can now take a few quick scans, and then look at the digital images on the display screen.

Advantages of the 3Shape TRIOS 3D Scanner

The 3Shape TRIOS 3D Scanner offers several benefits for our patients:

  • No need for traditional impressions.
  • Digital documentation: The 3Shape TRIOS instantly creates accurate, three-dimensional images that can be used for treatment planning.
  • Delivers no radiation.
  • Enhances Patient Communication. Your dentist can show you an enlarged image of your teeth and gum tissue and show any issues as clearly as if you were looking right into your own mouth.
  • Scans can be immediately sent to labs to begin the fabrication process.
  • Fewer appointments needed.
  • Fewer “remakes” due to the incredible accuracy of the scans.
  • Digital scanning is less intimidating for small children who may be scared or gag with traditional impression taking.
  • The scanner also uses a Real Colour and a Colour Matching feature that shows your mouth in natural colour thus making it easier plan proper treatment.
  • The colour matching feature improves the accuracy of matching crowns or veneers to your own teeth.

We look forward to introducing this new scanner into our office and creating an exceptional dental experience for you.