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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea - A Serious Problem

If you are experience snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This disorder causes you to experience apneic episodes — periods when you stop breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a life threatening disease that goes drastically under diagnosed in the United States.  22 million Americans are currently diagnosed with sleep apnea, while an estimated 70+ million are left undiagnosed.  Left untreated, sleep apnea is a major contributor to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, daytime fatigue, depression and even death.

While there are several forms of sleep apnea, the most common type by far is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The anatomy of your mouth and throat causes OSA, and snoring is one of the chief symptoms. Fortunately, Omni Dental is working diligently towards diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating disease.

Sleep Apnea Solutions

All new patients at Omni Dental will complete a sleep questionnaire to determine their risk-level of having OSA.  High risk patients will be encouraged to complete a take home sleep study to confirm diagnosis.  If a patient is diagnosed with OSA, the sleep physician who analyzed the study will make a recommendation for either continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or an intra-oral (dental) sleep apnea appliance.

In many patients with OSA, custom dental sleep apnea appliances gently advance the position of the lower jaw forward. This movement creates additional airway space, thus decreasing the obstruction and allowing the patient to continue breathing. Worn only during sleep, this appliance will reduce snoring in most patients and allow them to receive more oxygen during sleep. When using the appliance, patients will likely notice that they will awaken less often during the night, feeling refreshed with more energy throughout the day.

Contact us at Omni Dental to learn more about your sleep apnea prevention options.