It’s a fact that many people have trouble sleeping. But did you know it can be life-threatening when the reason for sleeping troubles is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? People with OSA have a disorder that causes them to stop breathing during their sleep. This could happen anywhere from few times to a hundred times, and can last as long as 10 seconds, making OSA extremely dangerous.
According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Fortunately, dentists can actually help these people thanks to sleep apnea dentistry. But it starts with a diagnosis.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
One of the biggest problems of OSA is that the majority of people don’t even know they have it. That’s because they brush off the symptoms as normal. Here are some of them:
• Daytime drowsiness
• Memory loss and headaches
• Chronic fatigue
• Depression and irritability
• Loss of focus at work
A consultation with Lebowitz Dental will help identify whether these problems may be related to obstructive sleep apnea. The dentist can then treat OSA via a variety of oral appliances.
Sleep Apnea Dentistry
Sleep apnea dentistry involves oral appliances designed to be worn during sleep to improve airflow. There are two main types of oral appliances, but both help open the airway:
• Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) – The most common device used, this is similar to a mouthguard and adjusts the jaw to keep the airway open.
• Tongue Retraining Device (TRD) – This device keeps the airway open by holding the tongue in place.
To get one of these devices, our office will perform an examination and consultation, determine which device is the most appropriate for the specific patient, customize the device for proper fit and provide follow-up care and advice.
Sleep Apnea Dentistry has become the best solution to OSA. If you think you might be at risk, schedule a visit with us today.