Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. An individual may have Sleep Apnea if they snore loudly, feel tired, or have a loss of focus, causing irritability even after a full night’s sleep.
The most common form of Sleep Apnea is call Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition when breathing stops ten seconds or longer and occurs when throat muscles relax. Untreated, Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked to serious medical conditions such as heart disease; high blood pressure; diabetes and progressive brain damage.
The manner in which medical experts diagnose OSA is by having a sleep study done at a sleep center or hospital sleep lab. A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor the patient while they sleep to see the activity in their brain and body. The good news is there are solutions for those who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring that are non-surgical and have success alleviating the problem.
A commonly used device is called the CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), that keep nasal passages open during sleep. Unfortunately, many patients are unable to tolerate the CPAP machine for the following reasons:
- Ongoing noise of the CPAP machine making it difficult to sleep;
- The facial mask causing a claustrophobic effect;
- The movement of the facial mask while trying to sleep;
- The constant flow of moist air causing discomfort to a patient’s lungs;
- The machine’s apparatus being quite cumbersome when traveling
NC Prosthodontic Specialists have the education in the field of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring solutions. As Prosthodontists, they have developed an effective, less evasive oral appliance that many say, is more comfortable then a CPAP machine.
The Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring Appliance, is an oral device that repositions the mandible (lower jawbone) forward allowing an open passageway for the throat while sleeping. As a result, it provides the patient with an ample breathing capacity that allow uninterrupted sleep and eliminates snoring.
Customarily, the fabrication of the appliance requires three major steps:
1 – A consultation between the Prosthodontist and the patient discussing the symptoms and a review of their sleep study results followed by impressions. The impressions are taken of the patient’s upper and lower jaw in an effort to customize the device for a more comfortable and secure fit;
2 – The delivery of the OSA appliance. The Drs. refine the positioning of the appliance in the patient’s mouth assuring comfort and efficiency;
3 – A follow-up after the patient has used the OSA appliance for approximately two to three months
Patient’s rave about the improvement of their quality of life and increased energy level due to a good night’s rest with uninterrupted sleep after using their OSA and Snoring Appliance!