Did you know that dentists can help manage your snoring and sleep apnea? Ask us today about an excellent alternative for living with bruxism and obstructive sleep apnea and how we can help you get a good night’s rest!

For many people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, we offer a dental appliance to wear over the teeth to provide great improvement (called Oral Appliance Therapy). This device helps to move the jaw into a new position that improves the airflow needed for breathing.

This treatment is relatively inexpensive, completely non-invasive, portable, and simple to use.

Dr. Brown and Dr. Huguelet are members of The American Academy of Facial Esthetics: dedicated to providing the most advanced, non-surgical, minimally invasive techniques for facial pain treatment, including obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism.

Please note: Treatment of OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), Snoring, and Bruxism depending on the severity of OSA, treatment options include oral appliance therapy, CPAP, and surgery. There are benefits and risks associated with any treatment and it is important to discuss which option may be best for you depending on your condition. Any of these treatment options are best optimized when accompanied by lifestyle changes such as good sleep hygiene and weight loss.

 

What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?

These are custom-fitted mouth guards. These appliances are specifically designed to move your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open while you sleep by preventing the tongue from falling back. This results in a much better night’s sleep.

 

If I Use a CPAP Machine Already, Can I Use an Oral Appliance Too?

Oral appliances can be used alone or in combination with other OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) treatments. Oral appliance therapy is best for people who snore, have mild to moderate OSA, are CPAP intolerant, grind their teeth, and have TMJ and facial pain.

Unlike the CPAP machine, there is no mask to wear and no tubes to deal with. Most people find it only takes a short time to get used to wearing the appliance.

 

What Are the Benefits of Oral Appliances?

Oral appliances for OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) have several advantages over other forms of therapy which include being comfortable, easy to wear, portable, and non-invasive.

 

How Can Your Office Help Snoring?

If you or someone you love snores, you are just one of the more than 40% of adults that snore. Snoring increases with age and weight and this usually bothers the bed partner more than the snorer. Snoring is simply the sound of a partially obstructed airway during sleep. Snoring by itself is harmless. However, it can be the sign of a very serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (not always the case). As mentioned before, the Oral Appliance opens the airway and decreasing snoring. Call our office today for a FREE consultation to see if this will work for you.

 

What Is OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Obstructive sleep apnea happens during sleep when the tongue and soft palate falls to the back of the throat and completely block the airway. This shuts off oxygen intake and you can’t breathe. Your sleep then gets interrupted many times during the night and results in a poor night’s sleep.

 

What Are Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

People with OSA are constantly tired, fall asleep easily during the day, are irritable, have trouble concentrating, exhibit impotency and sexual dysfunction, and can have bad breath. It is estimated that OSA affects up to 40 million Americans with less than 10% of OSA sufferers diagnosed.

 

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

Diagnosis is done by participation in sleep monitoring and by providing sleep apnea treatment. This process is prescribed by a medical doctor and can be done at a sleep lab or in your home.

 

What Can Happen With Untreated Sleep Apnea?

Untreated OSA can take up to 12 years off your life and increases the risk of death by 46% which makes it more dangerous than smoking.

 

Who Gets OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)?

1 in 5 adults have mild OSA and 1 in 15 adults have moderate to severe OSA. Risk factors which increase your chance of OSA including weight gain, BMI greater than 30, neck circumference equal to or greater than 15” in women and 17” in men, smoking.