WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA DENTISTRY?
S leep Apnea dentistry also referred to as oral appliance therapy, is a service that we offer to our patients .Many of our patients present to our office with broken/cracked teeth, worn teeth, and acid erosion.Most notably, many of our patients claim that either they snore or their spouse snores.This is a common symptom that can often be related to a sleep related breathing disorder.
Sleep related breathing disorders can range from very slight to extremely severe. In fact, this kind of disease can be a life threatening issue if the problem goes unaddressed. Unfortunately, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has impacted many of the friends that we get to treat. The most common story that we hear are spouses that are prevented from sleeping in the same bed together due to the excessive snoring of the other partner.
That is why we have decided to invest time and resources into learning more about this life threatening disease and how we can partner with you to combat against the difficulties that OSA can present.
HOW DOES SLEEP APNEA DENTISTRY WORK?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs due to a blockage of the airway. Commonly, this is due to a wide, broad neck, large tongue or a combination of other factors. In the past, the only effective option to correct this disease was a CPAP machine. While CPAP’s are great and very effective, most patients hate them and end up not even using them.That is where sleep dentistry can help
With sleep dentistry, we can predictably and effectively open the airway with an oral appliance that you sleep in. With our cutting edge technology, we can actually see the beneficial effect of your oral appliance before we even make it for you.The best thing about the oral appliance is that patients are much more compliant with this device when compared to a CPAP so its usefulness increases tremendously. It is easy to clean, easy to travel with and is a proven way to help manage OSA.