Treatment and solutions for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea for patients in Franklin, OH
At K&E Advanced Dentistry, we assist patients of all ages with their oral health care needs. However, there are some conditions that many patients don’t think of in which the dentist can assist. Patients in Franklin, OH are encouraged to ask about solutions and treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with our team.
Obstructive sleep apnea explained
Patients may have been to see their primary physician for a sleep study to determine if they have a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic sleeping disorder that is caused by a blockage in the airways. This blockage may be a result of the tongue falling back in the throat or excess fat on the neck weighing down on the airways. Whatever the cause, many patients are told they need to move forward with CPAP therapy. CPAP means continuous positive airway pressure and is a device that is worn while sleeping to keep the airways open. However, this device is cumbersome, noisy, and can be extremely uncomfortable, causing many patients to stop using it altogether. This brings the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea back and can affect one’s overall health.
Instead, patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea are encouraged to ask their dental team about the benefits of oral appliance therapy. This is a great solution not only for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea, but also those who experience snoring as a chronic problem. This is a treatment option that patients in the Franklin, OH area can ask about with Drs. Mamta Kori, Scott Everhart, Isha Patel, Farhad Jamshidi, and Yoon Yi. The oral appliance is a custom-made plastic appliance that is worn in the mouth while patients sleep. It keeps the tongue down and the jaw properly aligned to prevent airway blockage. It is effective in achieving the same results as a CPAP machine without being difficult to travel with, uncomfortable, or noisy. Oral appliance therapy is often chosen because it is:
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
What is needed to move forward with oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a great option for many of our patients. Anyone who has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by their primary physician is welcome to schedule an appointment at K&E Advanced Dentistry to determine if this treatment would be an effective solution for treating obstructive sleep apnea. Once patients have been determined to be an appropriate candidate for this method of treatment, impressions are made of the mouth. These are used to fabricate the oral appliance that will fit precisely into the mouth while patients sleep. Patients return to the office a week later to retrieve their new appliance and receive thorough instructions on how to use the oral appliance and how to care for it. Patients will find that with proper use, they can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and greatly improve their overall quality of life.
What are the signs of obstructive sleep apnea?
- Dry mouth in the mornings
- Headaches in the mornings
- Inability to focus or concentrate during the day
- Daytime fatigue
- Loud and chronic snoring
If you are experiencing many of these symptoms and have not yet been evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea, we encourage you to book an evaluation with your primary care physician to determine if a sleep study should be performed. Once patients have received a proper diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, they are welcome to visit us to learn about appliance therapy over CPAP machine usage.
Learn more about oral appliance therapy with the team at K&E Advanced Dentistry today!
Drs. Mamta Kori, Scott Everhart, Isha Patel, Farhad Jamshidi, and Yoon Yi of Franklin, OH are here to help patients achieve healthy smiles and bodies. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we encourage you to book an appointment with our staff to discuss the opportunity available for oral appliance therapy. We can assess your specific situation and determine if this is the right treatment for you. Call (937) 435-5073 and visit the practice at 3420 Atrium Boulevard, Suite 100 to discuss this and many other dental solutions in our state-of-the-art dental facility.Back to Sleep Apnea and Snoring Page