It has been estimated that as many as 40% of the US adult population suffer from some form of sleep related breathing disorder.
They can range from mild snoring to the more serious obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep-related breathing disorders can lead to serious health problems for the snorer, spouse, or other family member whose sleep may be disrupted.
Some common health problems associated with sleep disorders and sleep deprivation include daytime fatigue, increased blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, anxiety/depression, increased risk of vehicle accident (3-10X) and reduced quality of life.
We Are Specialists in Sleep Disorder Appliances
Dr. Andy and Dr. Joel have extensive training on sleep disorder appliances. If you're interested in this type of solution for your sleep apnea or snoring, make an appointment so we can explore your options. There's no reason to suffer the misery of a CPAP machine if you can replace it with an appliance.
Oral Appliance Therapy - A Great Solution
The Moses™ appliance is FDA cleared for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is an adjustable custom made device that incorporates 3 very specific dimensions into the design for maximum comfort and efficacy: tongue position, mandibular advancement, and patient compliance.
The innovative, open-anterior design accommodates a forward tongue position that results in patient comfort and efficacy. It passively allows the tongue to assume a forward position conducive to better airway patency.
With the maximum amount of tongue space, the mandible does not need to be protruded so significantly. By combining forward tongue position with conservative mandibular advancement, you can reduce patient discomfort and jaw pain. The Moses™ is comfortable and easy to wear, demonstrating excellent patient compliance.
The EMA® (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) is a custom-made removable intraoral appliance created for noninvasive treatment of snoring and OSA.
The appliance is designed to both advance the lower jaw (mandible) and open the bite to allow for less restricted airflow during sleep. The EMA has many options for mandibular patient advancement with 5 strap lengths and 4 different elastic tension options.
This appliance is helpful among individuals with sleep-related breathing disorders. The appliance does not interfere with breathing through the mouth, even in cases of congested nasal passages. Non-restricted side-to-side (lateral) or front-to-back (protrusive) movements of the jaw are possible while wearing the appliance due to varying elastic bands.
Home Sleep Testing
WatchPAT is the FDA-cleared portable sleep monitoring device that is convenient, proven* and reliable.
Features of WatchPAT:
- Easy to use: Wrist-worn device that doesn’t interfere with patient’s sleep position
- No sensors or electrodes on the head or chest and no nasal cannula
- Customized 3-page report automatically generated from the zzzPAT software
- Only home FDA-cleared device to measure real sleep time (sleep vs. non sleep)
- 24/7 Customer Support for patients
Shumway Dental Care is accepting new patients and would love to be your Chandler dentist. Call our office today for an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
Categories: Sleep Apnea/Snoring
Tags: breathing disorders, sleep apnea, snoring