Dental Sleep Medicine
At Oak Family Dental, we strive for optimum overall health and well-being for our patients. In recent years, new research and technology have been developed in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dental Sleep Medicine is the treatment of sleep disorder breathing using an oral appliance. In this new field of Dentistry, Dentists and Physicians, who specialize in sleep, work hand in hand to develop the best treatment options for patients.
One of the most common and dangerous, if left untreated sleep-breathing disorders is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep. This occurs when the tissues supporting the airway collapse. When the airway is blocked, breathing is interrupted. Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, gasping or choking sounds during sleep, morning headaches, excessive daytime sleepiness, attention problems, and irritability.
It is estimated that 22 million people in the United States have sleep apnea; however, 80% of these cases are not diagnosed. When left untreated, sleep disorders can lead to serious problems with overall health, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, Type 2 diabetes, depression, and chronic acid reflux. If left untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of early death.
At Oak Family Dental, we offer our patients the best options available to achieve overall health and wellbeing. We have been trained to recognize signs and symptoms of sleep disorders in the oral cavity. We now have the latest technology in the office which can measure the diameter of your airway and detect any blockages in your nasal passage. Based on these results and other contributing factors, it may be necessary to obtain more information through a sleep study. We offer an at home sleep test, which the patient sleeps in overnight in the comfort of their own home. Once the data has been collected, it is sent to a certified sleep physician who interprets the results. Based on the diagnosis and treatment prescription made by the doctor, we at Oak Family Dental are here to help our patients get the best treatment to correct their sleep apnea and improve their overall health.
Based on the severity of the sleep apnea, treatment options include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, an oral appliance, or surgery.