Lake Nona Sleep Medicine Solutions
Advancements in Dental Sleep Medicine
Dental Sleep Medicine is an area of practice that focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy and, sometimes, upper airway surgery.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
One third of our lives are spent sleeping; yet many Americans are not getting as much sleep as they need. Sleep apnea is a debilitating disorder in which a person does not get enough oxygen during sleep, causing them to repeatedly wake up and gasp for air, then fall right back to sleep. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea never even know it; because they do not remember each time they wake up during the night. Therefore a majority of those who are affected by sleep apnea never seek diagnosis and remain untreated.
Sleep apnea can lead to a variety of health complications and diseases, which is why proper diagnosis and treatment are critical. If it seems like you are in a constant state of exhaustion, have trouble focusing at work or school, or sometimes nod off while sitting or standing, these may be signs that you have sleep apnea.
Dental Sleep Specialists and Oral Appliance Therapy
While the CPAP was once the primary treatment for sleep apnea, the use of oral appliances as treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea is on the rise. An oral appliance is a small, custom-built, and easy to clean mouthpiece that fits comfortably into the patient’s mouth and opens up their airways. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) has been shown to be highly effective in treating many sleep apnea cases, with success rates as high as 90%. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, oral appliances are now considered as the first and foremost treatment for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Since oral appliances are suggested for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy or who have less severe forms of sleep apnea, there are some patients who may not be ideal candidates for oral appliance use.
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