Learn about nonsurgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea by a dentist in Franklin, OH
A t K&E Advanced Dentistry, our professionals are here to help patients with solutions outside of general dentistry. When patients in the Franklin, OH area have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they may be told that a CPAP machine is their only treatment option by their general physician. However, primary physicians may also advise patients to ask about other nonsurgical treatment options that are available through a dentist, such as oral appliance therapy.
Obstructive sleep apnea
First, it is important for patients to fully understand what obstructive sleep apnea is to better comprehend how it can be treated. OSA is a sleeping disorder that is caused by blockage in the airways while a patient attempts to sleep. This blockage may be caused by a misaligned jaw, the tongue falling back into the throat, or excess fat around the neck area that can close the airways. When this occurs, patients stop breathing and then jerk awake. This keeps patients from reaching that deep, restorative level of sleep called REM sleep, during which their body can be restored for the next day. It can happen hundreds of times a night. Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea may notice the following symptoms:
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Chronic snoring
- Wakening during the night
- Dry throat
- Chronic headaches
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty with memory and concentration
- Increased depression and anxiety
Because the body is unable to recharge at night with the inability to reach REM sleep, patients often feel as though they didn’t sleep at all. This affects one’s overall quality of life, which can be greatly improved with appropriate treatment.
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea
While a CPAP machine can be effective, it is also cumbersome and uncomfortable for many patients. Because of this, many men and women fail to use it and do not address their medical condition. However, with the use of an oral appliance, patients will be able to enjoy a more comfortable option that is not nearly as embarrassing as the use of a CPAP machine. Our team of professionals find that patients comply better with this nonsurgical treatment than they do with a CPAP machine, and we can help patients in understanding how to use and care for their device. With proper use, the oral appliances can greatly assist in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
How does it work?
The oral appliance is custom made for a patient and fits into the mouth in the same way as a sports mouth guard. The appliance works by keeping the jaw properly aligned, holding down the tongue, and maintaining an open airway for breathing throughout the night. The device is easy and comfortable to wear, non-obtrusive, and is simple to keep clean. Our team of professionals can assess a patient during an initial consultation appointment to determine if they can benefit from the use of an oral appliance to achieve a better night’s sleep and ultimately improve overall quality of life for patients in and around the Franklin and Centerville, OH areas.
Schedule a visit with our staff today!
If you live in the area of Franklin, OH and are ready to discuss nonsurgical treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea, we welcome you to book an appointment with our team of professionals to learn about your solutions today! Drs. Mamta Kori and Scott Everhart are dedicated to helping patients in and around the communities with their oral health care needs, including addressing concerns such as sleeping disorders. Patients can visit the office at 3420 Atrium Boulevard, #100, and can work with our team of professionals to improve their oral and overall health and wellness. Schedule an appointment at our Franklin, OH area practice by calling (513) 424-1834, or ask about our conveniently located Centerville, OH area practice in the Elk Creek community. We welcome new patients and families into our state-of-the-art practice for general, cosmetic, and restorative dental solutions.
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