Say Goodbye to Your CPAP and Your Snoring!
Do you ever feel like no matter how long you sleep, it’s not enough? Does your bed partner complain about your snoring? Are you dozing off in the afternoon or feel like you always need to take a nap? Do you just hate your CPAP machine?
Dr. Nanjapa is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and cis specially trained to a make a custom-fitted oral appliance. Patients enjoy it because it’s comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel and easy to clean
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
OAT is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) It is now recommended as a first line treatment for patients with snoring, mild-moderate sleep apnea and for all patients (including severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients) who cannot tolerate to use the CPAP machine.
An oral appliance looks like an orthodontic retainer and is worn only during sleep. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help keep your upper airway open, which prevents sleep apnea and snoring.
Don’t Snooze on Sleep Apnea Warning Signs
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a chronic condition affecting at least 54 million adults in the United states. OSA occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. This can cause you to stop breathing hundreds of times per night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute at a time. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb the quality of your sleep and often causes these symptoms
- Snoring (can be a symptom of OSA but not everyone who snores has a sleep disorder)
- Waking in the morning feeling unrefreshed
- Being tired during the day
- Morning headaches
- Waking up frequently at night to go to the bathroom
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
Although sleep apnea can occur at any age, the risk increases as you get older. Other factors that increase the risk of sleep apnea include having excess body weight, a narrow airway, a recessed chin or misaligned jaw.
How is OSA Diagnosed?
Unsure if you have OSA, Deccan Dental can help guide you in the right direction. If you suspect, you have Obstructive sleep apnea you should ask your primary caredoctor for a sleep evaluation. A sleep evaluation may involve either an overnight sleep test at a sleep center or a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) The information from the evaluation and the sleep test results will be used to determine if you have OSA. Treatment can be surgical or non-surgical depending on the cause. Your physician and dentist will determine if an Oral Appliance is the preferred treatment of choice.