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Oral Appliances Therapy for the Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

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Sleep apnea is a common problem which affects several million North Americans. Anyone at any age can have sleep apnea. If untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Snoring also greatly disturbs the sleep and well-being of bed partners. The good news is that, today, treatment of Sleep Apnea has become easier and more effective.

 

 

 

What is Snoring and Obstructive sleep apnea?

 

The airway passage can become smaller at night due to various reasons such as increase in weight, small jaws, big tongue or combination of factors.

 

We need to breathe the same amount of air during sleep, but to keep a normal breath with a smaller tube/airway, the air has to go in and out faster. This high speed air then vibrates the tissues in your throat creating the snoring.

 

A smaller airway passage can also close partially or completely. This is called hypopneas and apneas respectively. Because of the airway closure, there is a decrease in the oxygen circulating in your blood and also it is followed by a quick awakening. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is quantified by the number of hypopneas and apneas per hour of sleep.

 

A good analogy to this process is to compare a apnea and hypopnea of 20 events per hour (moderate disease) to a work day of 8 hours, where every 3 minutes someone comes to you and interrupt your work for 10 to 20 seconds. The production at the end of the day is very small. Sleep is part of the animal’s physiology and is important to maintain and restore health, once sleep is fragmented such as an 8 hour of work with interruption every 3 minutes, one can understand how sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness and memory impairment for example.

Oral Appliance Therapy

 

There are two therapies most commonly used to treat OSA. These include: 1) continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) which consists of a device attached to the patient via plastic tubing which blows compressed air into the airway during sleep and 2) oral appliances (OA) which are dental splints used to keep the mandible in an advanced position during sleep.

 

How oral appliance therapy works

The appliance, which must be worn each night to produce the desire effect, helps prevent the airway from collapsing by creating more airway space.

 

Oral appliances realign the tongue adn/or obstructiv apnea during sleep. Since various types of oral appliances are available, our dentist determines which appliance option is best for each individual.

 

 

 

 

Advantages of oral appliance therapy


Oral appliances offer the patients a clinically proven therapy to treat snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances are also a treatment option for patients who can not tolerate or do not accept CPAP therapy. This non-invasive treatment is reversible since no surgical procedures are involved. Patients find it convenient and easy as no power supply is necessary. Oral appliance fit is excellent and comfortable, and it is approximately the size of a mouth guard. Studies show 92% of patients wearing oral appliances reported snoring to be either eliminated or greatly improved.

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Dr. Fernanda Almeida

Dr. Fernanda Almeida

Dental Sleep Medicine

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Dr. Benjamin Pliska

Dr. Benjamin Pliska

Certified Specialist in Orthodontics

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