Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances
1. What is Sleep Apnea?
During sleep the tongue and the soft palate relax and they can narrow or block the airway. The consequences are: snoring and breathing stops (obstructive sleep apnea/OSA).
2. How Do You Know?
People with OSA may experience the following symptoms: witnessed snoring and breathing stops, non-restful sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, troubles thinking and poor memory, weight gain, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, etc.
3. What is the treatment?
- Weight loss, sleep hygiene, positional therapy
- CPAP (continuous positive air pressure)
- Oral Appliance Therapy
- Implantable Devices
4. Oral Appliance Therapy
The Oral Appliance/OA is a small mouthguard (like a sport one) that keeps your jaw and your tongue from falling back. It does help to maintain an open airway, it decreases snoring and the obstructive events (apneas). You wear this only when sleeping.
5. How can we help you?
At Metro Dentalcare, we work together with physicians, sleep centers and dentists to effectively design and implement an individual treatment plan for you to manage your sleep problem. This is a medical condition and it is covered under your medical insurance. We are providers for the major medical plans.
Dr. Catalina Morarasu has been working successfully with patients like you for about 20 years. She has received extensive training in this field and she is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (www.aadsm.org), which confirms the highest level of training and clinical skills.