Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring and OSA
Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed airway during sleep. Snoring increases with age and weight and can be the sign of a very serious medical condition know as obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) happens during sleep when the tongue and soft palate fall to the back of the throat and completely block the airway. This causes poor breathing and diminished oxygen intake and leads to interrupted sleep through out the night. People with OSA are constantly tired, fall asleep easily during the day, are irritable, have trouble concentrating, exhibit impotency and sexual dysfunction, and can have bad breath.
It is estimated that OSA affects up to 40% Americans with less than 10% diagnosed. OSA can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes and heart attacks. Untreated OSA can take up to 12 years off your life and increases the risk of death by 46% which make it more dangerous than smoking.
OSA can also lead to severe teeth grinding. It is the brain’s way of moving the jaw forward to open the airway to breathe. Teeth grinding or bruxism result in broken teeth, pain, failure of dental work, headaches and TMJ destruction.
Dr. Timin and your medical professional will work as part of the team in your diagnoses, treatment and continuing care of OSA.
Oral appliance therapy is best indicated for people who snore, have mild to moderate OSA, are CPAP intolerant, grind their teeth and have TMJ and facial pain. Oral appliances are custom fitted mouth guards which are made specifically for you. These appliances are designed to move lower jaw forward to keep the airway open while sleeping by preventing the tongue from falling back.