Source: Dar Radfar DDS DASBA
Oral sleep appliances are a great non-invasive alternative for treating OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) or sleep related breathing disorders, such as UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) and snoring. Many Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and nearly 80% of cases go undiagnosed. Those who find themselves suffering from daytime sleepiness, fatigue, excessive snoring, restless sleep, insomnia, nightmares, or sleep deprivation may be suffering from a sleep related breathing disorders, such as OSA or UARS, and should be screened. If left untreated, physical health will be compromised and can lead to hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Vulnerability increases with mouth breathing, dental crowding, recessed jaw, and being overweight.
Sleep apnea treatment begins with a functional evaluation. After an initial screening, the doctor may recommend 3d imaging (CBCT) and a sleep study in lab or at home. A mild or moderate OSA condition, plus an intolerance to CPAP, an oral appliance can be an alternative.
Usually, the design of the oral sleep appliance will look like a dental retainer, but will involve advancing the lower jaw, which helps to expand the air pathway, improve airflow, and help oxygenation. Depending on the design, oral appliances not only can manage the symptoms, but are also used for treatment to provide long term health benefits, such as further development of the jaw to improve airway health.
Oral sleep appliances can be used for different purposes, and are selected specifically for each patent's needs. They can be used as an active treatment device, and help improve teeth and jaw alignment permanently.
Call our Los Angeles, CA office in the Beverly Hills area to know whether oral sleep appliance for sleep apnea treatment is right for you or not. Schedule a sleep apnea treatment dental appliance's consultation and airway screening to get started: 310-274-4200.