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Why and how are dentists treating Sleep Apnea?

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Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea Dental Device Therapy

There are several treatment options for sleep apnea. One of the options is the oral appliance. Also called a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), these sleep apnea mouth pieces are custom made by dentists using a plastic-like mold to form to the specific shape of the patients teeth and mouth. Not only do they work against sleep apnea, they are also effective to stop snoring.
In addition to snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can cause memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive and impaired concentration. Sleep apnea patients have a much higher risk of stroke and heart problems, such as heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension. Sleep apnea patients are also more likely to be involved in an accident at the workplace or while driving.

How Does the Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Work?

Sleep apnea oral appliances work by moving the jaw forward, which increases the size of the upper airway, thus reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. It is often used in conjunction with weight loss if the individual is overweight. Sleep apnea mouth guards are anti-snoring devices. They reduce airway turbulence and stop snoring.
These custom sleep apnea mouthpieces, often called by the general public, ‘sleep apnea mouth guards’, are often most effective in sleep apnea patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep physicians often recommend a sleep study before the oral appliance is used (to determine the diagnosis), and after the oral appliance is used (to determine if it is effective).
Although there are several businesses that sell oral appliances on the internet, it is important that your sleep physician, primary care doctor, and/or dentist approve the appliance, as many of the over-the-internet ‘boil and bite’ mouth pieces for sleep apnea are not effective.

How do I move forward?

A physician is required to perform an overnight sleep study to properly diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. If needed we can prescribe a home sleep study, which is read by a board certified sleep physician. Our doctors will discuss all available options regarding testing, types of oral appliances, and medical insurance billing at your appointment.
Schedule a consult to discuss your options today and let us help you achieve a restful night’s sleep.

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