Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the second most common sleep disorder and it affects about 30 million adults in the United States. Patients with this condition can stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.
Sleep apnea is a serious chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. This repeated stop in breathing leads to a reduction in oxygen levels.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea that fits easily into your lifestyle. A dental oral appliance looks like a sports mouth guard and is worn only during sleep. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway, preventing sleep apnea and snoring.
Once you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by a sleep physician, a dentist experienced in dental sleep medicine can make a custom-fitted oral appliance using impressions and models of your teeth. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans. Patients like it because it’s comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel and easy to clean.
Treating snoring or sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. Custom-fit oral appliances from Annese DMD can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health.
If you have concerns about snoring and sleep apnea, it may be time to make an appointment. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, I can recommend a sleep physician to help get you started on your path to treatment. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, I can fit you with an oral appliance. Our team at Annese DMD is ready to answer your questions about obstructive sleep apnea, dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy.