Frequently Asked Questions

Sleep Apnoea

What Oral / dental appliances are used for snoring and sleep apnoea? Back to top

Oral devices such as the mandibular advancement splint (pictured) may be a good alternative where CPAP is not appropriate or poorly tolerated. It is a custom-fitted device that is worn during sleep. It consists of upper and lower pieces that fit over the teeth, joined by a hinge. The effect of the...

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How is Sleep Apnoea treated? Back to top

It is important that sleep apnoea treatment is tailored to your particular characteristics including the severity of your OSA. Weight loss is often an important component of treatment, and it may be all that is needed. Other forms of treatment include:

Why is it important to know if your suffering from Sleep Apnoea? Back to top

Unfortunately, those with moderate to severe OSA have a reduced life expectancy. They have a significantly higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (including ischaemic heart disease and stroke). OSA contributes to the risk of developing diabetes and, for those who are diabetic, OSA worsens c...

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How is it treated? Back to top

It is important that sleep apnoea treatment is tailored to your particular characteristics including the severity of your OSA. Weight loss is often an important component of treatment, and it may be all that is needed. Other forms of treatment include:

Why is it important? Back to top

Unfortunately, those with moderate to severe OSA have a reduced life expectancy. They have a significantly higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (including ischaemic heart disease and stroke). OSA contributes to the risk of developing diabetes and, for those who are diabetic, OSA worsens c...

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Dr Adrian Chazan

MBBS MELB FRACP

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Dr Chazan is a Respiratory & Sleep Physician, and General Physician. Born in Melbourne, he undertook his basic medical training at the University of Melbourne. With a passion for sleep and breathing, he trained at world-renowned centres of excellence in Melbourne and Sydney, including Westmead Hospital, the Alfred Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. Adrian has been involved in research activities in the fields of sleep apnoea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and exercise physiology.

Adrian utilises the latest findings in sleep research as well as the emerging technologies in diagnosis and treatment. He takes a patient-centered approach to medical care with the aim of empowering his patients to achieve better sleep and optimal long-term health outcomes.

Dr Rajiv Sharma

MBBS MD FRACP

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Dr Sharma completed his basic physician training in St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. Subsequently he trained in Respiratory Medicine at The Canberra Hospital and Sleep Medicine at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Prior to relocating to Melbourne, he worked as a full time Respiratory & Sleep Medicine staff specialist at Townsville Hospital. Rajiv enjoys managing all aspects of Respiratory and Sleep disorders including Asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, chronic cough, lung nodules, sleep apnoea, hypersomnolence, restless legs syndrome and other non-respiratory sleep disorders.

He also has a special interest in interventional pulmonology (bronchoscopic techniques). Dr Sharma also has keen interest and experience in medical education and research and has been involved in these areas for a number of years.

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