Elaine Lim Orthodontics Clinic Services: Sleep Apnoea (Apnea)

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is the repeated collapse of upper airway during sleep, causing cessation of breathing despite inspiratory effort. This results in lack of oxygen to the body and sleep fragmentation. Clinical features of this condition include:

1. Night-time symptoms
a. Snoring
b. Choking and restlessness
c. Nocturia

2. Day-time symptoms
a. Tiredness
b. Headaches
c. Hypersmnolence

3. Medical conditions
a. Nocturnal hypoxaema
b. Arrhythmias, nocturnal angina, myocardial ischaemia and infarction

Although medical management can be effective, it usually involves bulky respiratory machines worn at night, which some people feel uncomfortable with, and they may therefore seek alternatives.
Orthodontists are specialists in jaw positioning and therefore assist in treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea patients. A complementary approach combines orthodontic dental appliances in the mouth with the Fong-Yang System of healing, which may be suitable for certain patients. At The Professor Yoland Lim Clinic, a unique team of a Specialist Orthodontist (Dr Elaine Lim) and Fong Yang "Wu Shiang" Techniques (Professor Yoland Lim), utilises the principle of balancing the energy to your facial muscles whilst re-positioning your jaw to improve the flow of air. The Fong Yang Art of healing is based on Professor Lim's forefathers and integrates the 2000 year old healing traditions with modern western scientific principles - "Eastern wisdom, Western science".