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What Is Sleep Apnea Dentistry?

sleep apneaIt’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:

•           Snoring

•           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

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Dr. Lebowitz can fit you in a sleep apnea appliance such as this one to get you sleeping again.

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.

 

 

Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances

Lebowitz Dental can get you restful sleep with a Modified Herbst™ Sleep Appliance.

Lebowitz Dental can help you get restful sleep with a Modified Herbst™ Sleep Apnea device.

If you have sleep apnea – or know someone who does – you know the frustrations and risks associated with getting restful sleep and snoring. But dealing with a clunky Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine can be complicated and inconvenient. You have to deal with hoses, monitor air pressure and hope the mask doesn’t leak. Plus, it’s often hard to fall asleep. Isn’t there a better way?

Fortunately there is. In fact, there are more than 80 different oral devices to treat sleep apnea and snoring, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. These sleep apnea appliances are often smaller, simpler and easier to wear than CPAP machines, but just as effective at fighting sleep apnea.

Herbst™ Sleep Apnea device.

Herbst™ Sleep Apnea device fits comfortably while you sleep.

The two main types are tongue-retaining appliances and mandibular repositioning appliances and both are effective at clearing the airway:
• Tongue-Retaining Appliances: Featuring a soft material that can be customized for any mouth, tongue-retaining appliances focus on keeping the tongue forward and out of the airway. It accomplishes this with a suction compartment that fits around the tongue and is about the same size as a mouthguard.
• Mandibular Repositioning Appliances: These devices can also be custom-made and treat sleep apnea by repositioning the lower jaw to clear the airway. They have a snug but comfortable fit and feature an adjustable mechanism to give each mouth a unique position. One of the most popular of these devices is the Modified Herbst™ Sleep Appliance, which is smaller than most devices and has a long lifespan. The Modified Herbst is also super-versatile, allowing jaw movement in all directions and letting you do things like take medications, use inhalers and even talk.

According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, 25 to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients can’t comply with or tolerate CPAP machines and depend on these types of oral devices.

Schedule a complimentary sleep apnea consultation with Lebowitz Dental today.

FAA Announces New Sleep Apnea Policy

sleep apnea policyMost people don’t mind when another person nods off during a plane trip… as long as that person isn’t the pilot. That’s a feeling shared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as they announced a new policy requiring pilots to participate in mandatory testing for obstructive sleep apnea going forward.

The policy introduces an assortment of screening requirements and evaluations to ensure FAA pilots don’t suffer from the sleep disorder. As a trained pilot and dentist, Dr. Lebowitz understands the importance of treating sleep apnea before you get in a plane.

Since more than half of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are overweight, pilots with a BMI of 40 or greater are required to participate in a sleep study and evaluation from a board-certified sleep specialist. If they don’t, they risk disqualification.

This brings to light a couple great questions for the rest of us: 1, how do I know if I have sleep apnea?; and 2, how can I treat it?

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
If you don’t already know, sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing is interrupted during sleep. This causes fatigue, stress and increases the potential for problematic conditions like high blood pressure and heart failure. It also increases the risk for vehicle accidents, which is why the FAA is moving forward with their policy.
How do you know if you have sleep apnea?

A consultation with Lebowitz Dental is the best way, but here are some common symptoms:
• Excessive sleepiness and lack of energy during the day
• Loud or chronic snoring at night
• Waking up with a dry mouth or throat
• Suddenly waking up during the night with a choking sensation
• Recurring insomnia

Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be addressed by doing things like losing weight, lowering your alcohol intake and avoiding sleeping on your back. But the best way is to visit your dentist for a dental device consultation. These oral devices are design to keep your airways open during sleep and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea. Dentists are also experienced and trained to address sleep apnea, so they’re the best source for addressing sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea pilots and other patients can address obstructive sleep apnea with a visit to the Lebowitz Dental. If you think you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation today!

Sleep Apnea: A Life-Threatening Disorder

sleep apneaIs your partner snoring and keeping you awake? Have you ever gotten more than eight hours of sleep and still felt tired? It can be frustrating, especially when that exhausted feeling lingers throughout the day. But what if you focused on improving the quality of your sleep instead of increasing the length of it? Sleep apnea is a disorder that hinders your ability to sleep soundly, but many don’t know they have it until they’re examined by a dentist.

The most common type of sleep apnea – and the one your dentist can help with – is obstructive sleep apnea. This involves something blocking your airway during deep stages of sleep and can happen up to 70 times per minute. This means you can never truly get a deep sleep, which causes tiredness and even puts your life at risk.

Risks of Sleep Apnea
Your body repairs itself when you sleep, so you basically wake up in a damaged state if you don’t get quality sleep. That puts you at higher risk for common life-threatening issues like these:

  • Heart failure – since your oxygen level drops frequently with sleep apnea, it causes your body to release more stress hormones and increase your heart rate. This can lead to heart problems like high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or even a heart attack or stroke.
  • Obesity/diabetes – about half of people with sleep apnea tend to be overweight, as disrupted sleep changes how your body uses energy properly.
  • Mental/emotional issues – those with sleep apnea are at higher risk for mental or emotional issues like mood disorders, Alzheimer’s and depression.
  • Treatment for Sleep Apnea
    Believe it or not, one person who can diagnose and treat your sleep apnea (and possibly save your life) is your dentist. With a simple examination, they can identify signs of sleep apnea – such as evidence of teeth grinding – and prescribe treatment.
    The most common treatments dentists use for sleep apnea are oral appliances. These custom-fit devices adjust your jaw to keep your airway open and prevent blockage. They’re also adjustable, so you can rest assured yours will be comfortable and effective.
    Stop tolerating exhaustion (and risking your life) and start breathing regularly again at night. Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with Lebowitz Dental Associates today at 602-264-2905.

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