Do you or someone you know suffer from sleep apnea? At Gary Andreoletti, DDS, we are proud to be a part of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and are trained to help patients control obstructive sleep apnea and snoring through the use of oral appliance therapy or OAT.
90 million Americans suffer from snoring activity during sleep. While half of these people are just snoring, the other half may have a serious sleep disorder – obstructive sleep apnea.
We begin by reviewing a recent sleep study or we can set up an at home sleep test. If it appears the patient does indeed have sleep apnea we will test them using a pharyngometer to see if they are a good candidate for OAT and to determine the optimum position for the appliance to get the best outcome.
Oral appliance therapy has been proven to be a very effective treatment for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. The device helps to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open and allowing for adequate air intake.
Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Most people find that it only takes a couple of weeks to become acclimated to wearing the device. They are small and convenient making them easy to carry when traveling.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Common Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
If left untreated sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.
Dentists cannot diagnose sleep apnea. Patients who suspect they are suffering from sleep apnea need to complete a sleep study diagnosed by a sleep specialist physician. The study can be a Home Sleep Test administered by our office or have a Sleep Lab Study at either St. Mary’s Medical Center or Community Hospital before being treated by Dr. Gary Andreoletti.
Click on the below link to take the Sleep Assessment test to see if you may be at risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
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