Discuss treatments for snoring sleep apnea with Centerville, OH area dentist
Centerville, OH area patients who have been diagnosed with a sleep-breathing disorder called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, are often told by their physicians that they will benefit from using a device called a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, many men and women do not comply with this treatment because they find it to be cumbersome and uncomfortable. Instead, we encourage patients to consider alternative treatments for obstructive sleep apnea that are well-received by those dealing with the condition. This treatment is called oral appliance therapy.
Obstructive sleep apnea explained
At K&E Advanced Dentistry, we often see patients in our practice who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by their primary physician. OSA is a sleep-breathing disorder that affects millions of Americans, and is often left undiagnosed for extended periods of time. Patients who have the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and undergo a sleep study will get a proper diagnosis. The cause of the condition is blockages in the airways while a patient sleeps. This may be due to excess fat on the neck area, the tongue falling back into the throat, or poor alignment of the jaw. When this happens, patients wake up sometimes hundreds of times in one night, eliminating their ability to reach the deep, restorative sleep needed to feel their best and function properly every day. Drs. Scott Everhart, Mamta Kori, Isha Patel, and Yoon Yi of K&E Advanced Dentistry see patients with this condition regularly and may encourage them to consider the advantages of using oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a form of treatment for sleep apnea that uses a specialized mouth guard. Patients wear this mouth guard at night while they sleep to keep the airway open and allow them to reach restorative sleep to feel their best each day. This treatment is often preferred because the mouth guard is extremely comfortable, easy to travel with, and does not make noise.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic snoring
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Morning headaches or migraines
- Daytime fatigue
- Poor memory/concentration
When patients notice these symptoms, they can actually be tested in house with a home sleep monitor from our office. The benefits are that they get to take the test home to their own house and not have to go to a sleep lab. Our monitor also tests for how much grinding a patient does. Once patients receive their diagnosis, they can visit the team at K&E Advanced Dentistry to discuss the benefits of moving forward with oral appliance therapy.
How is an oral appliance constructed?
Our team of professionals first start with a consultation appointment and initial evaluation to determine if patients are appropriate candidates for oral appliance therapy as a treatment option for their obstructive sleep apnea. Once patients decide that this is right for them, impressions are made of the mouth. These impressions are sent to a laboratory where the specialized mouth guard is fabricated for precision fit. Patients then return to the dental office to obtain their new appliance to achieve deeper, more restorative sleep every night! Patients can always return to the practice if they feel their oral appliance needs adjustments or if they have dental work such as orthodontia which will change the fit of their mouth guard.
Find out more about obstructive sleep apnea treatments with Centerville, OH area dentist
If you are ready to discuss the possibility of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with a dental professional at K&E Advanced Dentistry, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Scott Everhart, Mamta Kori, Isha Patel, or Yoon Yi to determine candidacy for oral appliance therapy. Contact us today at our Centerville, OH practice by calling [phone2] and visiting at 401 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. We also have a second location in the Franklin, OH area for patients who find that practice more conveniently located to their home or work. We welcome new patients to discuss comprehensive dental care solutions for their overall health and wellness.Back to Sleep Apnea and Snoring Page