Sleep apnea is a condition which causes obstruction of the airway during sleep. An enlarged soft palate can impinge on the airway space. A retruded jaw can also push an enlarged tongue backward to narrow or close the space. A narrow airway causes difficulty sleeping and breathing. Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness which results in the loss of productivity. It can affect quality of life including but not limited to confusion, loss of memory, agitation, depression, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux. It has also been linked to every major systemic disease. It is imperative that we find a way to overcome it.
Dr. Sarah Deck Davis is committed to helping people identify and treat obstructive sleep apnea and to feel healthy again. She is a member of the Detroit Dental Sleep Network and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She has advanced training to treat patients with problems associated with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Dr. Sarah Deck Davis
Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, or those who have severe apnea that have not been able to tolerate their CPAP machines, may find relief with an oral mandibular advancement appliance. I am offering oral appliances that have been proven to effectively treat snoring and sleep apnea. In addition, I work with certified, medical sleep professionals and certified sleep centers for comprehensive diagnosis and eventually validation of successful treatment. I will also be offering screenings on recall appointments and for new patients and will start with the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Take home sleep testing is available through our office.
What to Look Out For
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious matter as it can lead to heart problems and other health issues. It's possible you may have OSA if you snore and also suffer from any of the following:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Poor memory/confusion
- Accident proneness
- Night sweats
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
How Dentistry Can Help
By now you're probably wondering: What does my dentist have to do with all this? Here's the connection: Snoring or sleep apnea can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance available at the dental office that's designed to hold the lower jaw forward during sleep. This repositioning of the jaw moves the tongue away from the back of the throat, reducing the potential for obstruction. This treatment is backed by a great deal of scientific evidence; it's a good remedy to try before moving on to more complicated breathing devices or surgery to remove excess tissues in the throat.
Only a dentist can fabricate, fit, adjust, monitor, and treat complications associated with Oral Appliance Therapy used in managing SRBD. So if you or a loved one is experiencing any combination of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, a consultation with a dental professional is a good idea.
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