Dental Sleep Medicine focuses on the management of sleep related breathing disorders that include snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (the temporary cessation of breathing while sleeping) through the use of oral appliance therapy. Sleep related breathing disorders are medical conditions that interrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain and rest of the body.
Everyone is at risk for sleep apnea but some risk factors include:
• Being overweight
• Having large tonsils, a large tongue or small jaw
• Nasal obstruction including a deviated septum or sinus problems.
The side effects of untreated sleep apnea include:
• Irregular heart beats
• Excessive daytime sleepiness
Our office can help with an evaluation of this and the fitting of a custom
oral appliance, which focuses on sleep apnea and anti-snoring. This is
an alternative treatment for the inability to tolerate CPAP devices.