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Sleep Apnea, Snoring & Dental Appliances

“It’s Just Not Noise”

    Read below for the answer to these questions:

  • What is Sleep Apnea?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What is an Oral Appliance?
  • Why should Patients seek out a Dental Specialist in Sleep Medicine?

What is Sleep Apnea?

30 million Americans snore and 18 million suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep breathing disorder commonly associated with snoring.  People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a condition
of full or partial airway blockage occurring during sleep.  These patients can experience arrested breathing and sleep disruption from 5 to 80 or more times an hour. 

The patient is usually unaware of this but the result is often daytime fatigue and sleepiness.  Associated medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and hypertension often are present.

Although sleep apnea is 2 to 3 times more common in men, overweight and post-menopausal women are also at risk.  The word apnea is derived from the Greek meaning ‘want of breath’.  It is the result of an abnormally narrowed airway, possibly the result of weight gain or skeletal disharmony.

What are my treatment options?

Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition which requires a physician diagnosis.  The patient is often given a Polysomnography (PSG) to confirm the presence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  

Sleep Apnea is most often treated with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Mask. The CPAP is considered the Gold Standard of Treatment however, patients often find the masks difficult to wear but there is another option – the Dental Appliance.

Sleep Apnea, Snoring & Dental Appliances

What is an Oral Appliance?

Oral appliances work by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue forward, opening the airway so that snoring and apneas are reduced.  A recent study of literature by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that dental appliances are much more acceptable to patients and are effective in the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Oral Appliances are also a treatment option for patients with severe sleep apnea, who are unable to tolerate CPAP or refuse treatment with CPAP.

Why should Patients seek out a Dental Specialist in Sleep Medicine?

Dr. Dean Victor is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM).  This designation is awarded to a handful of dentists each year who demonstrate a professional commitment to education, knowledge and experience in Dental Sleep Medicine.  The designation recognizes those dentists who have successfully completed the board certification requirement established by the ABDSM.

There are currently about 120 Diplomates in North America.  Dr. Dean Victor is one of only 3 Diplomates of the ABDSM in Michigan.  He has been successfully treating patients with sleep breathing disorders since 1995.

Our office works with Sleep Physicians, Pulmonologists and ENT Physicians to provide oral appliances for patients with OSA.  We coordinate with physicians to enhance the quality and level of care that is required to treat sleep breathing disorders. 

If this option is of interest to you, have your sleep physician contact our office, or contact us yourself at (585) 775-3312. 

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