Tooth Grinding

Dr. Lisa Dinley, BDS, MClinDent (Pros), FDSRCSi, MSc (Aesthetics)

Lisa is an approved clinician and trainer for various mandibular advancement devices. During her additional training she has developed a special interest in jaw problems, including clenching and grinding problems, diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders, treatment of headaches and the association of sleep related breathing disorders with bruxism.

What is a sleep study and how is it useful?

A sleep study involves a patient wearing a domiciliary sleep machine for several nights. This simply involves wearing a nasal clip and a pulse oximeter on one finger but measures many different things such as apnoea’s, snores, oxygen quality, heart rate and overall sleep quality.

If a mild apnoea is detected, the patient may be a suitable candidate for a mandibular advancement device which has been proven to improve sleep quality, reduce bruxism and improve overall airway opening and oxygen quality. These devices are also recommended by Sleep Centres, ENT, Sleep and Respiratory Physicians, Orthodontists and General Medical Practitioners.

If a moderate to severe apnoea is suspected, it is advisable for the patient to be referred to a Respiratory Physician at the hospital. As Lisa is an accredited clinician in sleep studies, she is able to refer directly which significantly reduces the waiting time for a patient if they were to be referred by a GP.

Use of Botulinum Toxin and Hard Occlusal Splints

Lisa has years of experience in administering Botulinum Toxin for suffers of Bruxism with fantastic results. Her MSc in Aesthetic Medicine means she has a deep understanding of Botulinum Toxin and how to administer appropriately.

Her additional qualification in Prosthodontics also means she is very experienced with the appropriate design, construction and fitting of hard occlusal splints.

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