Dental Sleep Medicine
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
Feel 10 Years Younger.
Treating snoring or OSA with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. Symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you use it nightly. You will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. Your bed partner may begin to sleep better, too!
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea promotes a healthier heart, body and mind. Ask if oral appliance therapy might be the right solution for you.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. Snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, memory problems, irritability, fatigue and insomnia are all signs that you could be losing shut-eye to sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life threatening condition. It can increase the risk for other serious health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence.
The traditionally prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. It involves sleeping with a face mask connected by tubing to a constantly running machine. Although CPAP is effective, up to half of patients don’t adhere to the treatment. Dentists can provide an alternate sleep solution with oral appliance therapy.
How Does It Work
An oral appliance is worn during sleep like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. lt supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and OSA, backed by medical research.
If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is your best treatment option, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance.
Dr. Huda Aljonaidy is a qualified sleep dentist, she will recommend the oral appliance that is best for you. Even if you don't have dental insurance, oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Dr. Aljonaidy is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the only non-profit professional association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. Dr. Aljonaidy helps treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective treatment that is covered by most insurance plans. AADSM membership provides Dr. Aljonaidy with access to educational resources and practice management tools that help her better serve her patients by providing the highest quality of care in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. For more information about AADSM, visit www.aadsm.org.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
Easy to wear
A clinically-proven alternative to CPAP
Convenient Portable for travel Easy to care for
Making and Fitting Your
The dentist will do digital or physical impressions and models of your teeth to send to a dental lab where the appliance is made. Once your oral appliance is made, your dentist will fit and adjust it to maximize its comfort and effectiveness. You also will learn how to care for your appliance. Follow-ups will be needed to insure optimum fit and effectiveness.