Why Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry can be life-changing for those who choose to use it. Problems like sleep apnea can cause significant problems with your dental health and your overall physical health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in many health problems, including but not limited to:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, heart attack, irregular heartbeat
There are many benefits to using sleep dentistry as part of your dental routine, including:
- It can improve the quality of your sleep and overall health.
- Most options are non-invasive, discreet, and affordable.
What to Expect
If you experience morning headaches, fatigue, or difficulty concentrating, you may have interrupted sleep patterns associated with sleep apnea. We believe that teamwork between you, your physician, and the dentist is essential to implementing an effective individualized treatment plan for your sleep disorder.
People snore because the air moving through the nasal passage is affected by a blockage, either through the nose or the mouth, causing the snoring noise. When the airway is blocked, it takes a more significant effort to draw air in, making it harder to breathe; some people even stop breathing (apneic event) for a few seconds. This is called sleep apnea.
Finding out what dental sleep disorder you may have is extremely important before you begin receiving treatment using sleep dentistry.
A custom-fitted oral appliance or mouthpiece should be worn by most people who snore or have OSA.
The mouthpiece adjusts your bottom jaw forward to make more room at the back of the throat. This helps keep the airway open, causing less obstruction, minimizing snoring and sleep apnea.
Other treatment options that can be explored during your treatment are:
- Adjust sleeping position
- Continuous positive air pressure (CPAP)
- Surgery. Removal of tonsils and soft palate typically when other treatment options are unsuccessful.
Once you have been treated using sleep dentistry, you will need to continually follow up with your physician and sleep dentist in one of our New York dental offices.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone, regardless of age, can have sleep apnea. However, here are the top risk factors:
- A person over 40
- A person with large tonsils, a small jaw, or a large tongue
- A family history of sleep apnea
Portability – Because they are small and lightweight and do not require electricity or batteries, oral anti-snoring appliances are excellent for travel where CPAP machines can be bulky and take up space.
Comfort – For mild to moderate OSA, oral appliances are just as effective as CPAP therapy and more comfortable.
Low Maintenance - Mouthpieces are low-maintenance, with no replacement parts and no need for re-ordering supplies.
Quiet – Oral appliances are silent, unlike the CPAP.
Discreet – Since the appliance is worn at night, there is no stigma associated with a treatment or disease.
Affordable – While most insurance companies cover both the CPAP and dental oral appliances for sleep apnea, the oral appliance is often more affordable.
Long-term results – In most cases, the oral appliance treatment option has excellent long-term results, since most people continue to use them because of their benefits of comfort, convenience, and affordability and because they are discreet.
Dental sleep therapy is a type of dental practice that helps treat breathing sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. It can also be used to decrease snoring.
To get an oral appliance for sleep apnea, you need to be evaluated by a sleep physician and a dentist. This evaluation will help your care team understand what type of sleep disorder you have and what treatment will best fit your needs. You should also get fitted for the oral appliance by a dentist trained in oral appliance therapy.
- KW Oral Appliance Therapy
- Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)
- Tounge-Stabilizing Devices (TSDs)
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices and Therapy (CPAP)