Snoring: A Troublesome Problem

Although as many as half of all adults snore at least sometimes, snoring is not a normal habit. Sleep should be quiet with effortless breathing. Causes Snoring is frequently caused when a person’s airway is blocked. Tissues in the throat make the sound as air passes over them. This can lessen air flow and decrease oxygen. Dangers Often associated with snoring, sleep apnea is a health hazard that occurs when one a person breathing for a minimum of ten seconds at regular intervals while sleeping. Because sleep apnea causes a lack of oxygen and raised levels of carbon dioxide, it can lead to daytime drowsiness. Solutions For those who snore or have sleep apnea, there are solutions available to help them experience refreshing, beneficial sleep. Personalized treatment plans can help stop snoring or prevent sleep apnea, but before beginning, a person should first be evaluated for potential sleep...

Six Recommendations on the Use Of An Oral Appliance

The AASM and AADSM have six clinical recommendations for treating patients with snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. 1.) We recommend that sleep doctors treat adult patients with primary snoring and no obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances. 2.) We recommend that dentists use a titratable, custom appliance for adults with obstructive sleep apnea. 3.) We recommend that adults patients who cannot tolerate the CPAP treatment or prefer another treatment be treated with oral appliance therapy. 4.) We recommend that patients follow-up with their dentists. This will ensure that patients are not developing any bite changes or dental-related side effects. 5.) We recommend that sleep doctors perform follow-up testing in order to ensure that the treatment is working for patients who use oral appliance therapy. 6.) We recommend that both dentists and sleep physicians instruct patients who have obstructive sleep apnea and are being treated with oral appliance therapy to return to the office periodically for...

Best Practices for an Effective Physician-Dentist Collaboration

When a dentist and sleep physician work together, following clinical guidelines will help the patient get the best outcomes. The following is a list of specific recommendations: 1.) It is best to have obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed by a board-certified sleep physician. 2.) Once the patient has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, he or she can get oral appliance therapy from a dentist. 3.) The dentist should use a custom-made oral appliance. 4.) The dentist will need to provide oversight in order to make sure that the patient is not having any occlusal changes or side effects. The dentist can also correct these problems. 5.) A sleep physician can perform follow-up tests in order to ensure that the treatment is working. 6.) People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea are strongly advised to see a dentist and sleep physician on a regular...

Benefits Of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is non-invasive and effective. Patients like oral appliance therapy for the following Fluoridated water is the most efficient way to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases and is a leading reason why kids need dental surgery. Not only does fluoride protect children from cavities, but it also helps to protect adults from tooth decay. Fluoridated tap water prevents up to 25 percent of dental cavities in people of all ages. Fluoridation of water saves money. The cost to fluoridate a lifetime supply of water for one person costs less than one dental filling. Every $1 invested in fluoridating water saves $38 in dental treatment. Fluoride is safe and effective at protecting teeth. Fluoride is naturally present in water. It has been used and studied for more than 70 years. The American Dental Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization all endorse the fluoridation of public water supplies. reasons: *Easy to care for *Portable *Quiet *Convenient to travel with *Comfortable *Easy to wear How Dentists Can Help: What To Expect During The First Visit Dentists work closely with medical doctors to treat sleep apnea and snoring. Your dentist will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the treatment. You will also receive a thorough evaluation. This includes an examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue and x-ray. You may also get an x-ray. Oral appliances are made by taking a physical or digital expression. The models will be sent to a dental laboratory, which is where the appliance will be made. You will have...

Oral Appliance Therapy: A Convenient Treatment for Sleep Apnea

If sleep apnea has been a problem that you’ve faced, oral appliance therapy may be a good solution for you. The appliance allows you to breathe easily by supporting your jaw in a healthy position while you sleep. It is easy to care for, comfortable, portable, and makes virtually no noise; many patients believe that it outperforms a CPAP mask. If your dentist decides that an oral appliance therapy is the right choice for you, a prescription for a custom-made sleep apnea appliance will be written. In addition, you will also receive a referral to a qualified oral appliance therapy dentist to help meet your sleep apnea needs. Many medical insurance providers will help cover the cost of the appliance. More than 100 models have received FDA clearance, so you and your dentist can find your perfect fit! Breathe with ease- consider oral appliance therapy...

Dentists Help Treat Sleep Apnea

It is estimated that 18 million people in America suffer from sleep apnea, a condition where a person has their breathing interrupted during sleep. It is a potentially life-threatening condition. Fortunately, a trip to the dentist can let you rest (and sleep) easier. View this video testimonial from a patient who received a successful dental sleep apnea treatment from Dr. Greenman, a dentist in Westlake Village, CA –...
 
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