Do you wake up tired each morning? Do you have trouble concentrating? Have you been told that you snore at night?
Research has shown that patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea — particularly those who sleep on their backs or stomachs — can benefit from the use of dental devices to improve sleep and reduce the frequency and loudness of snoring.
Sleep apnea can be characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. While this condition can be life threatening, it can be diagnosed easily with a polysomnogram or sleep study. Sleep disorders carry with them numerous health risks, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, memory loss, weight gain and cardiac arrhythmia.
Patients suffering from sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliance therapy. Our experienced sleep apnea dentists are specifically trained in all aspects of dental sleep medicine and have the knowledge to manage and treat obstructive sleep apnea. Dental devices have also been shown to control sleep apnea better than the standard surgical procedure for apnea, in which an oral surgeon removes soft tissue from the back of your throat.
If you are fitted with a dental device you should have a checkup early on to see if it is working and periodic checkups for possible adjustment or replacement. If you experience pain or changes in your bite, your dentist or orthodontist who fitted your device may be able to make modifications to correct the problem.
The best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your problem, the physical structure of your upper airway, other medical problems you may have, as well as your personal preference. The dentists at Westerville Dental Associates will work with you to help you select the best treatment option.
The treatment of sleep disorders is covered by your medical insurance — not your dental insurance. We work with some of the most accredited sleep physicians in central Ohio to treat each patient effectively. Our sleep disorders team participates in ongoing education and is certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine to provide the most cutting edge technology to treat these potentially harmful disorders.