With the advancements in design and treatment of oral sleep appliances, dentistry has moved to the head of the line in providing the most widely accepted treatment for sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is reported to occur as many as 83% of women and 92% of men. This phenomenon occurs at night when the tongue falls back and blocks the airway. These periods occur five to 100+ times an hour, for 10 to 90 seconds an episode. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the disease that dentistry now leads the world in for accepted treatment of the afflicted.
Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.
Many patients consider a sleep apnea appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances are also quiet, portable and easy to care for.
Oral appliance therapy should be provided by a qualified dentist who has technical skill and knowledge in dental sleep apnea. Training in how to provide oral appliance therapy is uncommon in dental schools, so not all dentists have the qualified experience to provide optimal care for adults with snoring or sleep apnea issues. Dr. John Sarris has more than 20 years of experience in this specialty and invites you to schedule a complimentary consultation.