Although Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects 9 to 24% of the general population, 90% of OSA cases remain undiagnosed. Left undiagnosed and untreated, OSA can significantly increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions.
Our dental team can screen for OSA early through imaging tests like x-rays that can examine your airway and uncover signs of blockage. We may also suggest a sleep study, either at home or at a specialist’s office to evaluate the quality of your sleep.
If OSA is discovered, we can design an appropriate treatment plan that has the potential to save your life. Since our team has extensive knowledge of facial structures and the oral cavity, our treatment plans focus on the root cause of OSA, snoring, or any other sleep disorder you may have.
Your treatment plan will be tailored to your unique symptoms and health. Sometimes, certain lifestyle changes like losing weight, quitting smoking, and eliminating alcohol can help alleviate sleep disorders. Other times, we may recommend the CPAP, which is the gold standard OSA treatment and delivers constant and steady air pressure as you sleep.
Another option is an oral appliance that resembles a mouthguard and can be custom made for you to wear while you sleep. Since it’s small, discreet, and comfortable, an oral appliance is usually the preferred treatment for sleep disorders.
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
Do you snore at night? If so, a mandibular advancement device (MAD) can help you get a better night’s sleep. It is designed to keep your lower jaw in a forward position to increase the space between your airway passage and allow you to breathe better. The MAD is completely comfortable so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep without even feeling it.