Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. An individual may have Sleep Apnea if they snore loudly, feel tired, or have a loss of focus, causing irritability even after a full night’s sleep.
The most common form of Sleep Apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition when breathing stops, compromised due to constriction of the airways. Untreated, Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked to serious medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, progressive brain damage and Alzheimer’s disease.
The way medical experts diagnose OSA is by having a sleep study done at a sleep center or hospital sleep lab. A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor the patient while they sleep to see the activity in their brain and body. The good news is there are solutions for those who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring that are non-surgical and may have success alleviating the problem.
A commonly used device is called the CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), that keeps forcing the air during sleep.
Unfortunately, many patients are unable to tolerate the CPAP machine for the following reasons:
- Ongoing noise of the CPAP machine making it difficult to sleep
- The facial mask causing a claustrophobic effect
- The movement of the facial mask while trying to sleep
- The constant flow of moist air causing discomfort to the patient
- The machine’s apparatus being quite cumbersome when traveling
Drs. Kaplan, Bolding, and Singer have education in the field of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring solutions. As Prosthodontists, they have developed an effective, less invasive oral appliance that, many say, is more comfortable than a conventional CPAP machine.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring Appliance
The Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring Appliance is an oral device that repositions the mandible (lower jawbone) forward, allowing an open passageway for the throat while sleeping. As a result, it provides the patient with improved breathing capacity that allows uninterrupted sleep and eliminates snoring. Customarily, the fabrication of the appliance requires three major steps:
1 – A consultation between the Prosthodontist and the patient to discuss the symptoms and to review the sleep study test results. After the consultation, impressions are taken of the patient’s upper and lower jaw to customize the device for a more comfortable and secure fit. Radiographs are taken of the bony structure and sinus areas.
2 – During the delivery of the OSA appliance, Drs. Kaplan, Bolding, and Singer refine the fit and the positioning of the appliance in the patient’s mouth. This process assures a greater sense of comfort and efficiency for the patient.
3 – A follow-up after the patient has worn the OSA appliance
Patient’s rave about the improvement of their quality of life which includes more energy due to uninterrupted rest while using their OSA and Snoring Appliance!