Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry is one approach for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is the stoppage of  breathing for 10 seconds or more at least 5 times per hour. Most events are much longer than 10 seconds, sometimes approaching 2 minutes! Oxygen saturation in the blood decreases more that 4%. Anyone who snores should be tested for OSA.

Left untreated, OSA gets worse and can contribute to the following:

  •  Increased risk of stroke, heart disease, hypertension, type II diabetes, brain damage, and dementia.
  •  30 - 45% of patients with OSA have high blood pressure, and OSA patients have 5 times greater incidence of heart attack.
  •  Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. 23% of adults report having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year.
  • Increased risk of loss of employment.
  •  Marital discord.
OSA is as prevalent as diabetes or asthma in the U.S. Nearly 9% of men and 4% of women have signs of OSA on testing.

         Predisposing factors for OSA:

  •  Increased age.
  •  Increased weight or obesity.
  •  Male gender.
  • Disproportionate upper airway anatomy.
  • Alcohol or sedatives.
  • Hypothyroidism

Common signs of OSA:

  •  Waking from sleep with a choking sound or gasping for breath.
  •  Loud snoring.
  •  Unintentionally falling asleep during the day.
  •  General daytime sleepiness.
  •  Unrefreshed sleep.
  •  Fatigue.
  •  Insomnia.

Here at Sunbury Dental, we can help. We have a complimentary home sleep test device that you can take in the comfort of your own bed at home. The results will be read by a board certified sleep specialist. If diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA, we can make you a very comfortable oral appliance to correct your sleep apnea. If you have already been diagnosed with OSA, are using a CPAP, and cannot tolerate it, an oral appliance may also be appropriate.