Dental Sleep Medicine & Sleep Apnea Relief
Snoring isn't sexy! It has been estimated that as many as 40% of the U.S. adult population suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can range from mild snoring to the more serious obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep disorders can lead to serious health problems for the snorer, spouse, or other family members whose sleep may be disrupted.
Some common health problems associated with sleep disorders and sleep deprivation include daytime fatigue, increased blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, anxiety/depression, increased risk of vehicle accident (3-10X) and reduced quality of life.
Oral Appliance therapy is a geat solution for patients suffering from the effects of snoring and sleep apnea.
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices are considered the gold standard for managing obstructive sleep apnea. However, many patients find them cumbersome and inconvenient. Other common side effects of CPAP devices include nasal congestion, sinus problems, skin irritation, mask leakage, and claustrophobia.
Now there is an effective way to manage snoring and sleep apnea without the burdensome CPAP devices.
Oral Appliance therapy is a great solution for patients suffering from the effects of snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliances work by preventing the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, which keeps the airway open during sleep. In some cases, oral appliance therapy may be the first treatment choice for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
While qualified dentists play an important role in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), dentists are not permitted to diagnose sleep apnea. If you have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we will refer you to a sleep specialist for proper diagnosis prior to treatment.
Dr. Vandyk is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and works with physicians and sleep doctors to help you (and maybe your spouse) get a restful night sleep.
Oral Appliance therapy is a great solution for patients suffering from the effects of snoring and sleep apnea.
The Moses™ appliance is FDA cleared for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is an adjustable custom made device that incorporates 3 very specific dimensions into the design for maximum comfort and efficacy: tongue position, mandibular advancement, and patient compliance. The innovative, open-anterior design accommodates a forward tongue position that results in patient comfort and efficacy. It passively allows the tongue to assume a forward position conducive to better airway patency. With the maximum amount of tongue space, the mandible does not need to be protruded so significantly. By combining forward tongue position with conservative mandibular advancement, you can reduce patient discomfort and jaw pain. The Moses™ is comfortable and easy to wear, demonstrating excellent patient compliance.
The EMA® (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) is a custom-made removable intraoral appliance created for noninvasive treatment of snoring and OSA. The appliance is designed to both advance the lower jaw (mandible) and open the bite to allow for less restricted airflow during sleep. The EMA has many options for mandibular patient advancement with 5 strap lengths and 4 different elastic tension options. The appliance does not interfere with breathing through the mouth, even in cases of congested nasal passages. Non restricted side-to-side (lateral) or front-to-back (protrusive) movements of the jaw are possible while wearing the appliance due to varying elastic bands.
Home Sleep Testing - WatchPAT is the FDA-cleared portable sleep monitoring device that is convenient, proven* and reliable.
Features of WatchPAT :
- Easy to use: Wrist-worn device that doesn’t interfere with patient’s sleep position
- No sensors or electrodes on the head or chest and no nasal cannula
- Customized 3-page report automatically generated from the zzzPAT software
- Only home FDA-cleared device to measure real sleep time (sleep vs. non sleep)
- 24/7 Customer Support for patients