Depression, high blood pressure and a higher risk of stroke are all associated with sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that causes the airway to collapse and stops breathing while you sleep. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that many patients associate with poor or interrupted sleep, waking up gasping for breath or choking, or severe snoring. To help our patients get a better night’s sleep without the inconvenience of a CPAP, we offer oral appliance treatment alternatives.
Continuous Positive Airway (CPAP) pressure therapy is one of the most recommended treatments for sleep apnea, but many patients find that they are intolerant of the therapy. The device can be cumbersome and noisy, which makes it more difficult for them to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Patients who have CPAP intolerance often experience the following:
Often recommended as an alternative to CPAP, mandibular sleep appliances, or mandibular advancement devices, are custom-made devices that cover the top and bottom arches of teeth and connect them together in a position which keeps the airway open for breathing during sleep. There are many different appliance designs and considerations when customizing the right treatment and fit for each individual patient. Dr. Rebecca Orsini and her staff are ready to collaborate with your physician to create the best treatment plan for you.
Dr. Rebecca Orsini of Empower Dental is a Member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.