Sleep and Breathe Easier Knowing There’s Relief
Poor sleep plagued by snoring is never beneficial to your or your bed partner. In fact, regular nights of restless sleep can lead to distractions at work, home, or even while driving. These symptoms can be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) — a condition afflicting 20 million Americans that often goes undiagnosed, and can lead to both serious illness and chronic unhappiness.
Sleep Apnea — The Signs, Symptoms, and Causes
OSA disturbance is marked by snoring that suddenly stops, causing a person to temporarily stop breathing. The body briefly awakens to counteract the episode, leaving the person gasping for air, usually unaware sleep was interrupted. This can occur several times a night, leading to little rest.
OSA doesn’t discriminate, affecting all ages from children to adults. More than just snoring, there are a few causes and symptoms to look out for.
- Morning headaches, fatigue, and irritability
- Enlarged tongue or tonsils and deviated septum
- Congested nasal passages
- Weight gain
- Grinding teeth or clenching of the jaw
- Depression and difficulty concentrating
Testing and Treating Sleep Apnea
At iSmile Dental Care we take OSA treatment seriously, conducting a free screening using the latest diagnostic technology to assess each patient’s case, sleep history, health patterns, and even the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Prior to any testing, we always work with our OSA cases to determine insurance eligibility.
Technology for Answers, Accuracy, and Comfort
When a patient is unaware of their apnea condition, we use a convenient at-home system for an initial diagnosis. The unique device is worn through the night to collect data and then returned to the office for assessment by a sleep physician to determine if OSA is to blame for poor sleep.
During the screening process we also test patients using Pharyngometry to see if they’re a good fit for an oral appliance. We can precisely measure where the airway is widest and record jaw position allowing for the highly-accurate, personalized creation of an oral appliance. This means no adjustments down the line. It’s an easy, non-invasive, part of the screening process. For treatment we rely on many appliances, but usually utilize the Micro Dental Lab’s MicrO2 appliance. It’s thin and allows ample room for tongue and jaw movement for effective treatment.
A combination TMD-OSA appliance and Neuromuscular Dentistry can also be highly effective for patients struggling with both disorders. This ensures muscles are relaxed and flexible for comfort that lasts throughout the day and night. We can easily assess the overall status of a patient’s head, jaw, and neck to determine if TMD is present and help calm muscles for added relief.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Non-Compliance Assistance
Aside from diagnosing sleep apnea, we can also recommend alternative treatment for patients who struggle with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) issues. While CPAP machines are an effective, widely-used method of treating moderate to severe sleep apnea, some patients are unable to wear the mask-like device during sleep due to intolerance. We help patients benefit from a combination of CPAP therapy and oral appliance usage for maximum results. Our practice often sees referred patients from cardiologists, sleep specialists, and neurologists.
Affordable Sleep Treatment For All
All of our OSA cases are submitted for medical insurance approval. We participate with most PPO insurance plans. (See our New Patients page for a complete list). iSmile Dental Care also works with a medical insurance specialists to help determine eligibility, pre-authorization, and benefits. We want you to be comfortable with all aspects of your care, and strive to provide high-quality treatment that’s affordable.