In Office Airway Evaluation
We will start the discussion to gain an understanding of whats causing you to have poor quality sleep.
Easy-To-Use Home Sleep Testing
Digging deeper by gathering sleep data, to provide actionable insight for improved sleep quality.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Bringing it all together with a physical device that gently opens the airway to permit unobstructed breathing for sound sleep.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
OSA is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. This can cause you to stop breathing hundreds of times per night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. Repeated breathing pauses may result in reduced oxygen levels and disturbances in sleep.
are oral appliances comfortable to wear?
A: Many patients consider an oral appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth and made of lightweight material. To enhance the effectiveness of your oral appliance, follow-up visits with your dentist will be needed to ensure the optimal fit of the oral appliance. The oral appliance will be adjusted over time to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness.
What are the common signs and risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea?
OSA is more common in men, but it can occur in women too. Having excess body weight, a narrow airway, or misaligned jaw can increase the risk of OSA. Snoring, choking sounds while sleeping, intermittent snoring with pauses, excessive daytime sleepiness, awakenings with gasping, poor memory, irritability, and morning headaches may be signs of OSA. You should schedule a visit with your physician to discuss these symptoms.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy over other treatment options?
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Oral appliances are comfortable, quiet, portable, easy to wear, convenient for travel and easy to care for. Additionally, oral appliances do not restrict movements while sleeping, work with any patient sleeping positions, can be used for patients that are CPAP intolerant, do not require electricity, and require no consumable parts to replace.
Is treating obstructive sleep apneas important?
Treating OSA is incredibly important. When left untreated, OSA can cause excessive daytime fatigue, morning headaches, and memory loss. In addition, studies suggest that untreated OSA increases the risk of numerous health issues, such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes
what is the roll of the dentist in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea?
Dentists should screen patients for OSA using questionnaires and evaluating the airway and then refer the patient to a physician for an evaluation. Since OSA is a medical condition, dentists should not diagnose sleep disorders. If oral appliance therapy is determined by the physician and patient to be the most appropriate treatment option, the physician will write a prescription for an oral appliance and refer the patient to a qualified dentist who will provide and monitor oral appliance therapy as part of a treatment team with the physician. The qualified dentist will monitor and treat potential side effects of oral appliance therapy and provide follow-up to ensure the optimal fit of the oral appliance. Patients should return to their physician to confirm the treatment efficacy of oral appliance.
How are oral appliances made and fitted?
Oral appliances are customized using digital or physical impressions and models of your teeth. These models are sent to a dental lab where the oral appliances are made. Once the oral appliance is ready, you will return to your dentist’s office for a fitting. Your dentist will adjust the appliance to maximize its comfort and effectiveness. Your dentist will then teach you how to clean and maintain the oral appliance. A sleep study may then be scheduled by your physician to verify treatment success.
How will your lifestyle change with oral appliance therapy?
A: Treating snoring or OSA with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms and your quality of life can improve dramatically when you remain committed and use your appliance each night. You will likely sleep better, have more energy, and feel sharper throughout the day.