Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disease that is estimated to affect over 18 million Americans. Unfortunately, many of these may be undiagnosed and/or untreated. Our family dental practice has incorporated a protocol to screen patients who may have obstructive sleep apnea and aid these patients with sleep therapy and sleep apnea treatment.
Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea may lead to:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease (stroke/heart attack)
- Weakened immune system
- Memory loss
- Poor mental health
- Sexual dysfunction
At Jackson Dental, we strive to make life better for each patient. Better sleep will help you get there.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)?
Oral Appliance Therapy is a sleep therapy medical device created by dentists which positions the lower jaw slightly forward during sleep to open the airway for increased oxygen flow during breathing. OAT has been shown in numerous studies to be as effective as CPAP in mild to moderate cases of OSA, and is considered a viable alternative to the CPAP machine in severe cases of OSA, in which the patient is unable to wear the machine. OAT is covered by most major medical insurances.
How does the procedure work?
The procedure for Oral Appliance Therapy is very straightforward and easy on the patient. The dentist will take records of your upper and lower teeth, as well as a record of how your teeth come together. These will be used for device creation and sleep therapy. The appliance is worn nightly, and is adjusted at three-week intervals until the optimum lower jaw position is achieved.
What are the different appliance options?
There are a number of different FDA approved oral appliances currently available. One of our qualified family dentists will perform a thorough exam to determine the best options for you. You will be able to select an appliance from these options that you feel will be most comfortable, and that you will be most likely to wear.