Sleep Apnea Dental Solutions
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a chronic disease which results in poor airflow to the lungs while sleeping. As the airway constricts or fully collapses, oxygen levels in the blood fall and our built in alarm system is activated to prevent death. This “fight or flight” response causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and our stress hormones and as a result, we wake enough to reposition our jaw and open up the airway. Obviously this disrupts our sleep and prevents us from achieving that deep level of sleep which allows us to wake refreshed and rejuvenated.
Snoring is the first sign of OSA but is often dismissed until the episodes of no breathing begin. Bed partners often count 20-30 seconds or more before their loved one gasps back to life. After repositioning the jaw we can fall asleep again but the next episode may occur in a matter of minutes and this happens all night long.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a progressive problem. It only gets worse when left untreated. So whether you choose surgery, CPAP, or Oral Appliance, please do not ignore this disease as the consequences can be dire.
Oral Appliance Therapy
OAT involves the use of a custom made mouthpiece which adjusts to achieve the best possible airway in your mouth. We move the jaw forward, move the tongue out of the airway and increase the muscle tone in the dilator muscles of the oral airway. Because of the ability to reposition the jaw open and forward- we are able to predictably eliminate snoring and maintain an open airway throughout the night for most patients. Once you begin to feel the improvement you will take home a testing unit which will monitor your heart rate, snoring, depth of sleep and oxygen levels. We scientifically verify your improvement after the appliance is fully adjusted and repeat this annually, to make the necessary adjustments to the appliance as your needs change.
Oral appliances are the most comfortable treatment option for OSA patients. It is also the least obtrusive to your lifestyle. As your needs change the appliance can be re-adjusted or re-designed in the future.