Sleep Apnea

Snoring Prevention and Sleep Apnea, Dental Sleep Medicine

Consider the facts: 40 percent of Americans snore on a regular basis. Of those, as many as 20 million suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and a startling 90 percent of them are undiagnosed. Sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing while asleep, increasing the risk for heart attack, diabetes and stroke. Many studies show that of those patients who are properly diagnosed for OSA in a medically supervised overnight sleep study, and are prescribed CPAP machine therapy, over 50 percent of patients after only three months cannot adapt to the CPAP apparatus due to the difficulty in adjusting to the bulkiness and discomfort of the masks and hoses.

Our office has long used oral appliances to treat snoring with consistently positive results. These dental appliances, similar to orthodontic retainers and worn while sleeping, are comfortable and effective allowing the patients and their sleeping partners a quiet and restful sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) , published new parameters in 2005, recommending dental appliance therapy as the first line of treatment for snoring and mild (OSA). According to the Academy’s report, Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP.

Active membership in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a division of AASM has kept us in the forefront in the treatment of both common snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Please call our snoring and sleep apnea treatment coordinator for information about dental sleep medicine. Some medical health insurance plans offer partial to full coverage for dental sleep medicine therapy