Are you a regular snorer or do you sometimes awaken in the middle of the night gasping for breath? These are some of the symptoms which might be attributed to obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Sleep apnoea is associated with a narrowing of your oesophagus and windpipe. Your body begins to become starved of oxygen and as a result, you automatically awaken for no other apparent reason.
While this is indeed frustrating, it is critical to point out that sleep apnoea has been linked to a handful of more serious chronic health conditions such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
In order to determine whether you require treatment for sleep apnoea, it is first wise to perform an at-home sleep test. The results from this test can thereafter be shared with other healthcare professionals such as a sleep specialist.
In fact, your dentist might even be able to provide you with an oral appliance to be worn during the overnight hours. This mouthpiece will enable your airways to remain dilated; leading to a comfortable and sound night of sleep.
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.
Learn more about sleep apnoea: https://www.sleeptest.co.uk
Ravi qualified in 2002 from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Having completed his degree, he joined New Road Dental for one year, then served as a House officer and Senior House Officer in Cardiff Dental Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Dental Hospital. His experience included working in several specialties including Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Restorative, Paediatric, Periodontology, and conscious sedation.
Ravi is registered with the General Dental Council and is a member of the British Dental Association. He completed the prestigious Membership of the Fellowship of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005, then returned to general practice. He is a Clinical Director of New Road Dental and works full time. His particular interests include oral surgery, dental implants, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and treating anxious patients.
Ravi is an approved Foundation Dentist Trainer with the West Midlands Deanery. This is a prestigious position where he is responsible for the training of newly qualified dentists. In 2013 he successfully completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Wolverhampton. Ravi is also a proud provider of Fastbraces® Technology.
His brother, Pritesh (Tesh), is also part of the practice. With their amazing team, they have made some improvements in the practice over the last 10 years, which means patients can now benefit from state of the art advancements in dentistry and facial aesthetics.
On the personal side, Ravi is married with 2 children – 1 boy and 1 girl. Most patients know he loves cricket and food. Ravi also swims and practices Wing Chun Kung Fu. He and his family love to travel to explore different cultures and cuisines.
Ravi says: "What I really enjoy about dentistry is the way we have changed people's lives by helping them with their confidence. The difference it makes still manages to surprise me."